, NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 18 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has refuted claims that there is division within its leadership following the decision to call off of the teachers strike.
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion maintains that the cancelation of the two weeks strike was after full consultation and agreement amongst all the top organs within the union.
“The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is disturbed by unfortunate and malicious rumors published in the press with an intention of persuading our membership that there was disagreement on the union’s position to call off the national teachers strike last Friday,” Sossion said in a statement.
Sossion has called on all teachers to ignore what he terms as rumors, adding that the union is still pushing to ensure the teachers pay demands are fully fulfilled.
“We would like to put the record straight that all members of the KNUT National Executive Council were unanimous that the strike be called off to give the ongoing judicial process a chance,” he added.
He has in the meantime reminded all the teachers to report to work on Monday, as the union follows up on the progress of the judicial intervention being undertaken on the matter.
KNUT and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers have formally called off the strikes with the two unions hoping that a solution will be found through the court.
“We advise our members to disregard misleading information published on Saturday and remain focused and remember KNUT will always remain strong and bold in tackling matters touching on our members’ welfare without fear,” he said.
The Industrial Court is expected to arbitrate negotiations between the two unions and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).