KNUT Teachers: Teachers who are affiliated to the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) can heave a sigh of relief. This is after the National Assembly stepped in to ensure that they are paid their new salaries according to the latest implementation of the collective bargain agreement.
On Tuesday, the National Assembly Education Committee brought KNUT and TSC in a meeting, during which it was also revealed that KNUT has been losing members in droves.
So far, KNUT has lost up to 78 per cent of its membership since July 2019. The numbers have dropped from more than 200,000 to less than 50,000.
Teachers who are members of the KNUT were left out of the latest salary raise by the Teachers Service Commission. The teachers who total 32,556 did not receive improved pay or get promoted. This is after the TSC said that they are under the Scheme of Service that is favoured by their union.
According to TSC communication director Beatrice Wababu, 32,041 teachers in Job group B5 did not qualify for promotion. The teachers who were promoted and awarded higher salaries were either members of KUPPET or did not belong to any union.
The varied treatment in the award of salary increments started last year when TSC left 103,634 teachers out of the scheme. CBA for Teachers.
“We recommend that the parties cease the hostility, compromise and agree to withdraw the court cases. The relation should be set at pre-2016 level,” Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua, who is also the Education committee chairperson, was quoted as saying. KNUT Teachers.