, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday held a meeting with the Kenya National Union of Teachers and their employer where an agreement was reached for reconciliation, following the recent Court of Appeal ruling that struck out their 50-60 percent pay award.
President Kenyatta said the meeting agreed that all parties would withdraw all the cases related to the dispute that remain pending in the courts.
“Immediately after the cases are withdrawn, the TSC and KNUT will meet and begin dialogue. The point of those talks is to come up with a four-year collective bargaining agreement.”
The CBA will seek full recognition of the binding advisory by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) on teachers pay.
He stressed that there was need for job-evaluation to determine the level of performance of public officers.
“Within one month of the start of this dialogue, I expect both parties to come up with an acceptable Collective Bargaining Agreement.”
He also asked the Teachers’ Service Commission to consider paying all the teachers their September 2015 salaries and union dues at the earliest opportunity.
“Further, we must consider the circumstances of those teachers who reported for duty during September. In consideration of the circumstances under which they worked, I urge the Teachers Service Commission to consider paying them appropriate compensation for their extraneous work during that period,” President Kenyatta said.