February 17, 2020

KNUT boss Sossion speaks on teachers’ strike

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has maintained that the strike action is still on pending a second meeting scheduled next week to iron out contentious labour issues.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said that even though a consultative meeting on Thursday discussed all matters affecting teachers, no agreement was arrived at to warrant calling off the strike.

“KNUT would like to categorically state that the union has not vacated its position on the proposed strike as the power of calling off the strike rests with the National Executive Council (NEC). And by extension, the strike will only be called off after TSC successfully addresses the fore-mentioned issues,” said Sossion.

He said TSC and KNUT mutually agreed to form a Monitoring and Evaluation Committee which will work on the finer details of the contentious issues.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has also denied reports that it promised to promote teachers.

TSC denied it pledged to promote 30,000 tutors during the consultative meeting with KNUT.

Both KNUT and TSC said they discussed promotions of teachers among other items but denied a deal was reached to move staff to higher grades.

“There are no pending cases of promotion as all promotions are effected when due, and within the framework of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA),” TSC said.

The teachers’ body stressed that during the meeting, there were no discussions of pending promotions.

“It is therefore misleading to teachers for anybody to appear to be committing TSC on promotion of teachers outside the CBA framework and the existing policy. It only creates unnecessary anxiety unwarranted expectations,” said Kihumba Kamotho, TSC Head of Communication.

The statement further indicated that a retreat will be held between September 30 and October 5 to deliberate further on the matters discussed.

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