, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 26 – The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) says it is willing to engage with the government to settle members’ pay grievances.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, KUPPET Secretary General, Akelo Misori however accused the government of showing no interest to engage with the union.
“The government should engage us in dealing with this matter which we as the union are ready to do,” he said.
Misori urged the union members to continue their strike until the government heeds their demands.
He urged their counterparts, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to give dialogue a chance so that the matter can be dealt with promptly.
“KNUT should join us in engaging the government. They should not stay aside as we work on striking a deal with the government,” Misori stated.
KUPPET was set to hold a meeting with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) but it was postponed after another meeting was called at State House which the Chief Executive Officer of TSC was attending.
KNUT has vowed its members will remain on strike, until the government honours their demands.
Earlier on, the KNUT chairman Wilson Sossion told reporters that the agreement reached in 1997 had been gazetted and could not be arbitrarily overturned while reacting to the government’s stand to revoke it.
He accused the Cabinet Secretary for Labour Kazungu Kambi and his Education counterpart Jacob Kaimenyi of trying to hoodwink Kenyans by terming the mass action illegal and stated that the attempts would only fuel their mass action.
“We were there with the Teachers Service Commission for conciliation which was chaired by learned and efficient personnel of the Ministry of Labour and they gave us what we call a certificate of disagreement,” he stated.
Sossion described teachers as learned people and that any attempts to deny them their rights would be resisted.