KUPPET suspends strike, calls for change in exam dates

October 3, 2015 1:12 pm
KUPPET leaders address a press conference in Nairobi on Oct 3. Photo/ JOSEPH MURAYA
KUPPET leaders address a press conference in Nairobi on Oct 3. Photo/ JOSEPH MURAYA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has also suspended the nationwhide teachers strike in compliance with the orders of Employment and Labour Relations Court.

Just like Kenya National Union of Teachers, the Union Secretary General Akelo Misori has urged their members to resume duty on Monday saying the move was not an act of cowardice but a strategic retreat to focus on the bigger picture.

“The National Governing Council meeting today resolves to comply with the attendant judgment of Justice Abwodha of 25th September,” he stated.

“We have to exhaust the court process and protect the teachers and our institutions from mischievous schemes. We have to soldier on but now facing realities of the battles ahead.”

Misori also asked the Teachers Service Commission to pay teachers their September salaries which is yet to be released.

“The blatant disrespect and disregard for court orders by Government has led to untold suffering of Kenyan children, teachers and parents and the public as a whole,” he lamented.

Even with this, he insisted that the, “teachers have a strong case before the Appeal Court with regard to 50-60 percent pay rise as awarded by the Labour and Employment Court.”

Among their list of orders include the Government to consider suspending the national examinations until everything is normalized and also to call for a stakeholder meeting to negotiate the recent allowances awarded by TSC by the court.

“We now expect TSC to recall the circular and ensure the circular and the allowances are subjected to negotiated process which will guarantee the allowances are not subject to abuse,” he stated.

Even as they concluded with their trademark solidarity song, the officials were quick to caution that the strike has just been suspended and not called off.


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