, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has finally released the September pay for teachers.
The salaries were paid just before the union’s Annual Delegates Conference that is set to take place on Wednesday at the Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani.
According to Secretary General Wilson Sossion, all that is remaining now is the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement to improve the working conditions of teachers.
“It is good that the September salaries have been paid. It is our right and now we have to get to the negotiating table with TSC and we hope that they will be serious this time and not take us round in circles,” he stated.
President Uhuru Kenyatta last month asked TSC to consider releasing the withheld September salaries for teachers after holding talks with the two teachers’ unions at State House, Nairobi.
Both KNUT and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) had accused TSC of reneging on the president’s directive.
TSC had over the weekend indicated that Sh10.8 billion has been requested from the Treasury to pay the salaries.
The Commission’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia indicated that the action followed the advisory opinion by the Attorney General who stated that they should pay teachers their wages following the ruling by the Employment and Labour Relations Court.
She pointed out that ordinarily, the TSC payroll takes time to prepare because of the large number of employees and once the process is completed, teachers will be informed on when to expect the monies in their accounts.
She further stated that the commission did not file any case or appeal after the Attorney General’s Advisory opinion.
Among the issues that will be discussed during KNUT’s ADC, is the signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Teachers Service Commission after the September pay for teachers was released.
According to Sossion, teachers have not abandoned their demand for the 50 – 60 percent salary increase.
He says during the ADC, Article 41 of the Labour Relations Act will be extensively discussed as it will guide the talks on the new CBA.