Teachers August salaries delay following failure of TSC, unions negotiations

TSC CEO, Dr. Nancy Macharia consulting with union officials-KNUT's Secretary-General, Collins Oyuu and KUPPET counterpart, Akelo Misori /File Photo

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Teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) are set to experience a delay in receiving their August salaries.

This is as a result of the unsuccessful negotiations over salary increment held last week in Nairobi at the Kenya School of Government between the TSC and the teachers’ unions.

The Commission has indicated its intention to withhold August salaries as it is waiting to see if it will reach an agreement with the unions.

If the parties agree and sign the deal, teachers will receive an improved package backdated to July 1, 2023.

Last week, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET) refused to sign TSC’s salary increase offer of between 2.4 per cent and 9.5 per cent.

The unions said it was lower than that recommended by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) of 7 to 10 per cent for all civil servants, security officers and teachers.

The union officials also struck the 7-10 per cent deal with President William Ruto when they met at State House as he was lobbying for support of the Finance Bill 2023.

According to KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu, the lowest-paid teachers should receive the highest increase while those in higher grades receive the least.

KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori said the increase was meant to cushion teachers from the harsh economic situation in the country.

In an attempt to reach a consensus on salary adjustments, negotiations are still ongoing in Naivasha.

By Thuita Jaswant

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