Teachers demand new salary as unions seek CBA discussions.
Teachers demand new salary as unions seek CBA discussions. Days after the government hinted at a pay increase for all public employees, teachers’ unions have made a new argument for salary reviews.
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) contend that it is time to resume negotiations in order to offer teachers the best wage package.
According to The Kenyaupdates.co.ke, the two unions seek to begin compensation negotiations under the 2021–2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in order to work out the best possible terms for their members. However, this new initiative comes just after President William Ruto promised a wage increase for all state employees.
For civil officials starting on July 1, the State approved a wage increase of seven to ten percent.
Teachers would benefit most from harmonised pay in the public sector, according to statistics issued by the pay and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
According to SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich, the teaching service will receive the lion’s share of the annual sum of Sh9.1 billion.
In the larger scheme to align salaries to international standards, she said that the increase for teachers accounts for 40% of the whole figure.
Kenya Updates has established that the unions appear to be advocating for a methodical approach to arriving at the exact numbers that would be advantageous to their members in particular job.
Kuppet has requested an urgent meeting to finalize the compensation increase. In a letter to the teachers’ employer, Akello Misori, the secretary general of the union. is pushing for the conference to be called so that the 2021–2025 CBA negotiations can resume.
Misori expressed his dissatisfaction with the length of time it was taking to improve the conditions of the contract in a letter dated July 3, 2023 to Nancy Macharia, the chief executive of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
Misori added, “We wish to request an urgent meeting to re-open discussions for a new CBA in light of the President’s announcement on Friday, June 30.
The union wants TSC to start talks so they can return to the negotiation table and work on creating better terms of service for their members. Given the urgency of the teachers’ compensation requests, Misori added, “We would appreciate a meeting at the earliest convenience of the commission but in any case, not later than two weeks of this writing.”
TSC acknowledged receipt of the request in a letter dated July 4, 2023, which was sent through Cavin Anyuor, the Commission’s legal counsel.”We thus acknowledge receiving your message. Anyuor spoke on behalf of the Commission’s supervisor and said, “The Commission is examining the issues presented therein and will respond as soon as possible”.
Misori, however, asserted that the meeting is long overdue and will revive the arrangement that the SRC put on hold two years ago. In a prior proposal made under the CBA, Kuppet requested wage increases for the highest and lowest paid employees of between 30 and 70%.