KNUT vs TSC: Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary general has threatened that teachers will go on strike in January unless a string of demands are met.
The demands from KNUT’s Sossion could potentially sabotaged the resumption of learning. Among the demands that Sossion wants to be met include the reinstatement of teachers who have quit KNUT back to the KNUT register.
“Sossion has demanded that Teachers Service Commission reinstates the Knut register as it was in June last year before schools opening date. Sossion said between June last year and now, the union lost more than Sh. 1.2 billion in monthly dues after its membership shrunk from 187,471 to less than 50,000 teachers,” a report on the demands by Sossion that appeared in a local daily said.
In a letter dated November 13 to TSC CEO Nancy Macharia, Sossion said all teachers under its register must be paid salary arrears for the duration they were denied pay increase. “If they do not pay teachers their salaries and also fail to promote all the teachers who qualified and were denied the chance then we shall have no business opening schools,” he said.
Sossion further demanded that the TSC honours all the court orders, including the suspension on implementation of the career progression guidelines. “We also demand that TSC starts fresh talks on the next 2021-2023 CBA, and job evaluations done for teaching staff,” he said, adding that said no teacher will report to class on January 4 when schools are scheduled to open if all demands are not met.
“You have strictly three weeks to remedy all these failure of which the union shall take stern action against you as provided in Article 41 of the Constitution without any further reference to you,” said Sossion. KNUT vs TSC.