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TSC to meet teachers unions for salary review talks

TSC to meet teachers unions for salary review talks

The unions are also expected to review the 2021/2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed in July 2021.

In Summary

• In a letter dated August 15, TSC has invited the unions at the Kenya School of Government (KSG), to review the CBA .

• The invite comes after SRC announced a seven to 10 per cent salary rise for civil servants which will run for a period of two years.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is set to meet with teacher’s unions over salary review talks.

In the meeting, the unions are expected to review the 2021/2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed in July 2021 due to the effects of Covid-19 on the country’s economy.

The agreement was signed by TSC, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), and the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET).

In a letter dated August 15, TSC invited the unions at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) to review the CBA.

“The purpose of this letter is to invite you to a meeting with TSC scheduled for August 22 at 9.00 am. The meeting will take place at Kenya School of Government, Lower Kabete in Nairobi,” reads the letter.

The invite comes after the Salaries And Remuneration Commission (SRC) announced a seven to 10 per cent salary rise for civil servants which will run for a period of two years.

However, KUPPET secretary general Akello Misori said they will reject the seven to 10 per cent salary proposal.

He said the main agendas in the discussion will include; a basic salary increment of 70 per cent, promotions, medical benefits and a pension scheme.

“We shall focus on where our Collective Bargaining Agreement talks stalled. We shall not slide to new proposals because we had already started talks on the salaries,” Misori said.

Misori demanded that teachers’ salaries should be reviewed before increasing the salaries of state officers.

“If any further proof was needed that the government is able to review teachers’ salaries, this SRC recommendation is sufficient,” Misori said.

He said SRC’s proposal of salary increment to state officers is ‘ironical’ since “they usually claim they cannot afford to pay teachers”.

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