NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – The Kenya Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has threatened to go on strike if the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) fails increase their salary as per the Supreme Court order.
This follows the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court requiring TSC to pay the 50 to 60 percent pay increment for teachers from this month.
KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori says the union will have no further consultations with TSC as the court ruling was elaborate and self explanatory.
“We were invited by TSC for a meeting to discuss among other things the court order, but we decided to snub the meeting as it was not properly constituted; TSC wants to delay the process of implementation of the award,” added Misori.
He says the union only expects a meeting of signing a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) as directed by Labour and Employment Court of June 30, 2015.
“The economy that is not doing very well has decided to facelift KQ (Kenya Airways) which is underperforming to the tune of Sh60 billion, teachers money monthly input is about Sh3.5 billion… a drop in the ocean,” he said adding that government insisting that it doesn’t have money is nearly a smoke screen to woodwind to teachers that the government is doing poorly.
“Any increase in taxation to pay teachers well is not a lost venture because teachers are doing a good job,” he said.
The Supreme Court found that it has no jurisdiction over the interlocutory orders issued by the Court of Appeal directing that the increment be effected starting August.
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The TSC had moved to the Supreme Court seeking a blanket suspension of the court’s pay increase order pending the hearing and determination of their appeal.
The Court of Appeal had suspended the back-dating of the pay increment but not its execution going forward.
The hearing of TSC’s substantive appeal will kick off on September 22.
The Supreme Court’s finding was greeted with jubilation by teachers.