, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5 – The Ministry of Labour has taken over the teachers’ remuneration negotiations following the collapse of earlier talks between the Teachers Service Commission and the Kenya National Union of Teachers.
Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi said in a statement that he had invited all involved parties for an urgent joint conciliation meeting on Tuesday morning.
“Following the collapse of the negotiations between the Teachers Service Commission and the Kenya National Union of Teachers and strike by teachers, the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services has today taken over the talks as conciliator,” read the statement.
Kambi explained that this was in line with “the Labour Relations Act, 2007 section 70.”
“I have invited the parties to the dispute to a joint conciliation meeting on Tuesday 6th January 2015 from 10am,” he said.
The move came as teachers across the country boycotted work despite a court order obtained by the Kenya National Association of Parents.
A spot check in most public schools revealed a no-show by teachers but head teachers were present.
Kisumu East Kenya National Union of Teachers branch executive secretary Joshua Ogalo praised teachers for heeding to the strike call.
He says they were organising massive demonstrations in Kisumu later on Monday and in subsequent days as a way of pushing the government to act.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education (KUPPET) Kisumu County chairman Zablon Awange on the other hand warned the government to brace for prolonged industrial action if the matter is not conclusively dealt with.
He says KUPPET members will not demonstrate in the streets but will stay away from classrooms.
In Mombasa, over 3,000 public teachers also joined the national strike.