Nairobi, KENYA: The Kenya National Union of Teachers has issued a stern warning to the Teachers Service Commission over what it termed as a mass transfer of teachers who are also holding key positions in the union.
In a media briefing in Nairobi on Thursday, KNUT Sec General Wilson Sossion has blasted the commission over the move of transferring union officials attached various KNUT branches countrywide terming it as an ill motive to disenfranchise the union.
He said that so far 45 teachers have been affected by the shakeup.
“Transfers of elected union representatives from their current jurisdiction constitutes an attack on the trade unions rights, the leadership of teachers’ association and investments are equally severely affected,” Sossion said.
He also slammed the commission for staying put in upholding the delocalization policy which has affected many teachers across the country without taking into consideration their social well being.
The union indicated that the delocalization policy is harmful to both learners and teachers as it has far-reaching implication and devastating effects on education in the long, urging TSC to halt it.
”This exercise is very disruptive and TSC must halt it immediately,” Sossion said
Sossion pointed that KNUT was not part of any deliberations on the formulation and delocalization policy.
He indicated that implementation of the policy is totally a violation of 2017/2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement which was signed between TSC and KNUT.
He further indicated that implementation of delocalization policy violates international labor organization recommendations on teacher staffing norms.
Due to the massive transfer of teachers that has been occasioned by delocalization program union has been prompted to call for National Executive council and National Advisory Council meeting on Monday to extensively deliberate and oversee the next course of action on the matter.