Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and teacher unions’ salary talks are expected to resume on Monday, August 28, 2023, after today’s talks that happened at Kenya School of Government failed to reach a conclusion.
According to a letter addressed to one of the Union’s Secretary General dated today and signed by the Commission’s Legal Director Cavin Anyuor on behalf of TSC Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia, the unions are expected to sign a salary component of the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
“The purpose of this letter is to invite you to a meeting scheduled for Monday, August 28, 2023, at 2.00 p.m. for further negotiations and signing of the 2021-2025 CBA Addendum,” reads a letter to Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary General Akello Misori.
The salary talks come just a few days after the government through the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) announced a salary increase of 7 to 10 percent for civil servants with teachers receiving a lion’s share of 10 percent.
However, it has emerged that in today’s talks TSC tabled a salary increase of between 2.4 percent on the minimum for teachers currently earning a higher basic salary and 9.5 percent on the maximum for teachers currently earning a lower basic salary, with a senior TSC official at the center of the negotiations revealing to Education News that as a Commission, they were not party to public pronouncements by other entities on what was given to public servants.
The Officer added that after extensive consultation with relevant government agencies, the Commission’s offer is what is on the table as per the budget already appropriated.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) was allocated the lion share of the Ksh.21.7 billion salary budget for 2023/2024.
According to SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich, the significant increment in pay for teachers is in line with the commission’s goal to harmonize pay for state and public officers.
Ranked at the 36th percentile in the average Current Gross Market, teachers are the lowest earners among civil servants, according to SRC.
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