Teachers want salary increment through a new CBA


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Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has asked Teachers Service Commission to hasten the process of teachers’ salary increment through a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The union deputy Secretary General Hesborn Otieno, while presiding over the Baringo branch 39th  Annual General Meeting (AGM) as the Chief Guest lauded President William Ruto for giving teachers a range  7- 10 %  salary increment.

The union official noted the Teachers union had given a proposal of a 60 % salary increment and was awaiting a nod from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to the Teachers Service Commission on the implementation of the new developments this month.

He said despite increments to aid public servants, the unionist asked the government to do it with speed to save the slim teachers’ pay slips.

Mr. Otieno however decried the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) deductions on teacher’s salaries terming it a shocker the union was not anticipating.

He said teachers were covered under a contributory deduction of 1 % with the rest deductions given by the employer.

“The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) should stop unscrupulous deductions and follow due process.

They should explain to teachers why how they arrived at the issue without the express authority of the teachers,’’ said the Deputy Secretary General.

The union has threatened to take the issue to the labour relations and address the issue with the National Executive Council (NEC) if the stalemate is not tackled.

By Alfred Kimosop

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