Teachers in Meru up in arms over NSSF deductions

TEACHERS NSSF DEDUCTIONS

Teachers in Meru County are up in arms against the recent decision by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to deduct Sh 360 from their monthly pay towards the scheme.

Teachers have expressed dissatisfaction with the move and are now demanding explanation over the deductions.

Meru branch KUPPET executive secretary Karuti Nchebere said the deductions have come at a time when the educators were expecting to receive their wages of 7-10% increments that had been directed by the President.

“This came as a shock to us teachers because we can’t have two pension schemes. We are already contributing 7.5% of our salary towards Superannuation scheme. As a union, we are interrogating what is going on so that we take legal action” said Karuti.

He noted that they are in negotiations with the TSC with a view to signing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“We have already written to the TSC demanding for a meeting to be convened so that we conclude on the CBA matters and also cushion our teachers from the high cost of living” he said.

The official added, “In the CBA, we have issued our proposals among them 40-70% increment and other areas like subject allowances, enhancement of house allowance, township allowance among others that we want our employer to address”. He said

Karuti lauded the government’s move to ensure that there was adequate staffing to curb the current teacher shortage.

“The government is trying to address the understaffing issues as we expect about 55, 000 new teachers to be recruited this week.

In Meru, distribution was well done because last time we received 1120 teachers and we expect 560 in the incoming recruitment” he said.

By John Majau

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