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KNUT ultimatum for employer to call talks expires Thursday

“Should the deadline lapse without any action from the Commission, the union will convene its National Executive Council meeting to chart the way forward,” he declared/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) says the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has not called its representatives back for talks despite a seven-day ultimatum that expires Thursday at midnight.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion told Capital FM News that no one has contacted them since the talks collapsed.

“Should the deadline lapse without any action from the Commission, the union will convene its National Executive Council meeting to chart the way forward,” he declared.

TSC postponed scheduled talks with the union to address among other issues the contentious transfer of teachers.

Sossion observed that the postponement of the meeting showed disinterest on the part of Commission coupled with mischief and distrust.

He noted that as early as July 2018, teachers had formally raised several pertinent issues affecting harmonious industrial relations, which called for urgent interventions.

He recalled both parties had agreed that further promotions were an inevitable action by the employer, only for the TSC to introduce policies and appraisals which contradict the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Code of Regulations for Teachers (CORT).

He stated that should the teachers’ employer fail to re-convene, steps and actions will be taken without reference to them.

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