, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 4 – Even as negotiations between the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the government collapsed, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) is well on its way to permanently calling off its strike following successful negotiations with Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi on Wednesday night.
KUPPET Chairman Omboko Milemba told Capital FM News that the government had given in to their demands for harmonisation of the commuter allowance currently earned by their members with those of other civil servants.
Milemba added that the government has also granted their demands for a responsibility allowance as well as an allowance for post primary teachers who are assigned to special schools.
“We were given an offer which we are finalising on areas of commuter allowance, responsibility allowance and allowance for teachers in special schools,” Milemba said.
The KUPPET chairman said that the only demand the government is yet to meet is that of a leave allowance, which has not been previously received by teachers.
“We shall be having a discussion on labour allowance so as I talk to you we shall be having a meeting at the TSC then we proceed to (the) Labour (Ministry). If all this can be given today, we should be able to sign a deal and we shall be home and dry,” Milemba said.
The government has also directed the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to release the union members’ June pay which it has been holding hostage on account of their now suspended strike.
Milemba also denied claims that some KUPPET members are unhappy with the National Governing Council’s decision to suspend their strike and was adamant that they are not government patsies.
“The reports we are getting are not accurate. Like in Mombasa, the people purporting to lead defections and lead dissolving of the KUPPET office are not officials of the union. They are actually former officials who served about seven years ago. In Kisumu correct reports coming in indicate that the people who were purporting to defect were actually KNUT members.”
“We are also aware that in Siaya we had teachers who are not in any union trying to do drama that they are defecting to KNUT so they are not accurate. What we have found is that our real 52,000 members are there stable and are actually waiting for us to see what we shall be able to deliver within 14 days.”