Kenya Union of Secondary School Non-Teaching Staff (KUSSNTS) Eastern region has urged the national government to harmonize their remuneration as most of its members were being underpaid forcing them to live below minimum wage.
They also called on the national government to employ them directly, decrying job insecurity while under schools’ Boards of Management (BoMs).
Speaking in a meeting with branch leaders at a hotel in Kibwezi town, region Secretary and National Administrator Alexander Muthiani asked the government to consider their challenges which included; no common board of employment, no allowances, too many deductions from their little pay like NSSF, NHIF, and other statutory deductions and schemes.
“This is injustice of the highest order and that’s why you find that most of us retire and die immediately because we have done a lot of work with little pay and no token to send us home, even pension,” he said.
Muthiani vowed to follow up any case of unlawful handling of their members citing a case in a school in Kibwezi where the Bursar was unlawfully dismissed.
“We are wondering why the Bursar was not reinstated despite the Court issuing an order allowing him to resume his job. We will fight for him and push for the dissolution of the board and transfer of the Principal as well,” he threatened.
The Union is all about preaching unity, justice, fairness and cohesion of non-teaching staff.
Also present were Abraham Kamande, Branch Treasurer, and Joshua Mutunga, branch Organizing Secretary and Industrial Officer.
They urged all other non-teaching staff who are yet to be members to do so promptly.
By Lydia Ngoolo
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