Teachers to strike in 7 days if salary dispute is not resolved

Teachers to strike in 7 days if salary dispute is not resolved

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KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion. PHOTO/FILE.
Nairobi,KENYA:Kenya National  Union of Teachers has issued a seven day ultimatum to cabinet secretary of the ministry of labor security and social services Phillis Kandiye  to   resolve the tussle brewing between the union and the Teachers Service Commission over  annual salary increment.
In a media briefing in Nairobi after National Executive Council meeting on Thursday , Wilson Sossion said that  the union has written to the CS to intervene on the matter accusing the TSC of clandestinely scrapping  annual salary  increment for teachers without  the union’s knowledge.
“The Kenya National Union of Teachers has now,following the decision of the National Executive Council meeting on 24 August 2017 ,registered a dispute to the cabinet secretary ministry of labor security and social services in accordance to section 62 and 65 of the constitution..
“We hereby expect that the cabinet secretary will address this matter within seven days.”Sossion added
He indicated that such action was not an item of discussion between the the union and the commission  during the just concluded  Collective Bargaining Agreement  exercise insisting that TSC’s move is in contravention   of the constitution.
The union also took an issue with TSC on its  failure to recognize and compensate teachers who have not attained higher qualification aimed at promotions  and salary increment from the year 2014.
He warned if the CS will not intervene on the matter within stipulated period the union would take unspecified action against the employer.

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