By Telford Aduda
The Industrial Court has directed teachers to resume work immediately. Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Nelson Abuodha has directed the teachers unions to suspend the strike for 90 days in order to allow for proper negotiations with the government to resolve the pay stalemate.
The judge declined to declare the strike illegal, arguing that Kenyan National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) were right to call the strike. He judge directed the Teachers Service Commission and the two unions to appoint a committee to look at the ways of implementing the 50-60 per cent pay rise.
The judge directed the Cabinet Secretary for Labour to facilitate the appointment of a committee between TSC and the two unions to look into ways of implementing the 50-60 percent pay increase awarded by Justice Nduma Nderi.
The judge also directed the Teachers Service Commission not to victimise the teachers over the strike that has been running since September 1st.
“The TSC is also stopped from victimising union members such as salary deductions for periods they were on strike,” said Justice Abuodha.
The teachers have been on strike from the beginning of this month pushing the government to implement the 50-60 pay rise given to them by the court, a move that has paralyzed learning in most of the public schools forcing the government to close all the schools.