COTU vows to go to court over TSC’s teachers salaries’ audit

COTU vows to go to court over TSC’s teachers salaries’ audit

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Central Organization of Trade Unions Secretary General Francis Atwoli. PHOTO/FILE.

Nairobi, KENYA: Central Organization of Trade Unions has vowed to go to court over Teachers Service Commission’s bid to start auditing teachers salaries upon their retirement.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Tuesday, COTU Secretary  General Francis Atwoli said that his organization opposes such move which he termed as retrogressive and violates workers rights .

He said that COTU will closely engage KNUT to oversee possibility of going to court to overturn the decision.

“COTU will closely work with KNUT ,if possible we will move to court to stop these unfair colonial rules TSC wants to introduce.” Atwoli said.

He accused Ministry of Education and TSC of violating the constitution by drafting stringent regulations which includes barring head teachers from participating in strikes ,headteachers to bear the responsibility in exam cheating and barring teachers from participating in politics.

“To stop head teachers from participating in strikes you must have a referendum because the constitution says every worker has a right to go on strike! Every worker! ” Atwoli insisted.

On the other, hand Atwoli faulted the  appointing authority, after the recent appointment it made of Gideon Ndambuki as the chair of National Social Security Fund chair.

Atwoli insisted that Ndambuki is unfit for the job by alleging that he is bankrupt.

He urged the government and opposition to fast track IEBC talks to avert electoral crisis come 2017.

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He pointed that there is need for the electoral stakeholders to look for amicable solution of the IEBC stalemate ,insisting that the current commission will not be able to conduct credible elections in the next years’ polls.

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