Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has declared that it will institute court proceedings against Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and its officials if it does not obey the recent court order stopping deductions of the Housing Levy from teachers’ salaries.
In a statement issued by the Secretary General Akelo Misori, the union stated that it will take all measures to protect teachers’ earnings.
Misori said they are horrified by the commission’s violation of the court order, going ahead to deduct the levy from their January salaries.
“Since the court ruling came in good time for the Commission to make appropriate changes to the payroll, the TSC’s action only demonstrates its willingness to disobey the law…as a union; KUPPET will take all measures to protect members’ hard-earned salaries and benefits. Our options include instituting contempt proceedings against TSC officials in their personal capacities,” said Misori.
According to KUPPET, they have sought an assurance from the commission that it will obey court orders going forward, including specifically the orders on the housing tax.
“Amid the grave economic difficulties the teachers and indeed all Kenyans face, the last thing we expect from a responsible employer is the making of illegal deductions on workers’ payslips. KUPPET demands the immediate release of the illegally deducted taxes to teachers,” added Misori.
By Roy Hezron
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