KNUT wants their CBA on dues backdated to July 1 following delay


Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Collins Oyuu has asked the government to implement the Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA) 2021-2025 proposals based on biting economy and inflation.

He insisted that the government should backdate to July 1 2023 their dues as reached in the deal with the president.

The union now wants government through the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to honour a 7- 10 percent salary increment as pronounced by President William Ruto recently during a meeting convened at the statehouse with National Executive Council (NEC).

The President in the announcement had earlier promised to pay 60 percent of the salary for teachers and public servants.

Addressing teachers at KNUT Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Eldama Ravine, the unionist asked the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to compute with speed in a quest to meet the proposal pronounced by the head of the state.

Mr. Oyuu noted that the actual beneficiaries should be teachers, not administrators such that teachers of cadres C3-D5 greatly benefit than teachers under C4, C5 and D5.

The Secretary-General reiterated that the union was fully committed to working together with the present government that respects negotiations for better terms and conditions of service.

The union chief however called for amendment of Pension Act 119 that seeks to end delays and drama occasioned by retirees when pursuing their dues at the treasury offices.

While citing the legal notice 534 of 1997 where some teachers died before a case to determine their dues was reached, Mr. Oyuu asked the sub-committee on finance to amend the Pension Act.

By Alfred Kimosops.

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