Hopes For Salary Increment and Promotion as Knut Meets TSC Today
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) will meet with the teachers’ employer, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) this week for talks revolving around career progression guidelines and the possibilities of a pay increment deal.
KNUT secretary general Collins Oyuu said the union and TSC will hold a retreat in Naivasha, where they will discuss an Education committee report and teachers’ professional development training, among other issues.
According to Oyuu, the meeting begins today and ends on Friday July 8. He said they are hoping to restart discussions on the review of the 2021-25 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that did not give teachers a pay increase. In the CBA, they increased maternity days for female teachers from 90 to 120.
The CBA also allows male teachers to go on paternity leave and allows promotion of teachers in arid and semi-arid areas. This left other teachers without a pay increase for five years from 2021 to 2025. Mr Oyuu said they have recruited 100,000 new members in one year since his team took over, increasing membership to 115,000, up from the 15,000 he found at the time of his election on June 26 last year.
The number was down from the 187,000 Knut had a few years ago. “When I came in as secretary general, Knut was facing many challenges ranging from low membership, financial starvation, to a bad blood that had been created and existed with the TSC,” he said.