Deposit Union Dues Directly to KNUT Bank accounts: KNUT Reminds Members
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), secretary general Wilson Sossion, has pled with members who were removed from the KNUT register by TSC to deposit their union dues directly to KNUT bank accounts and forward the receipts to KNUT offices.
“We encourage those who have been removed from our register illegally to pay their subscription fees directly to Knut bank accounts and forward the slips to us,” Mr. Sossion said last month.
In less than two years, KNUT has lost more than Ksh. 1 billion after the TSC stopped remitting membership contributions.
The KNUT membership has fallen from 187,471 to below 20,000 in a year, with monthly contributions dropping from ksh. 144 million to less than ksh. 20 million.
Recently, Mr. Sossion admitted that Knut was on its knees financially and could not pay its employees, rent or meet operational costs.
KNUT accuses TSC of taking advantage of the check-off system to deny her union dues and to illegally expunge members from its register.
Sossion has insisted that KNUT is in a position to fund branch and national elections, despite the financial woes that the union is currently facing. KNUT elections are set to begin on 8th January, 2021.
Initially, KNUT elections had been set for 4th January 2021, a date which coincided with the reopening of schools, thus had to be moved.
Mr. Sossion is confident that Knut members would brave the financial hitches and elect their office bearers.
“With the support of partners, Knut will conduct the elections as planned. There should be no fear. It is all systems go,” he said.
Sossion had earlier on hinted that KNUT was not in a position to fund its branch elections after TSC denied it union dues and agency fees.
Mr. Sossion has urged union members to be united since the problems bedeviling the union will soon end soon.
Borabu, Nyamira, Gucha and Kisii Central branches are planned to go to the polls on 8th January 2021 while Bomet, Bureti, Baringo, Sotik, Makueni, Nzaui, Kyuso, Mbooni, Kitui, Mutomo, Siaya and Rarieda branches are set to hold their elections on 9 January 2021.Manga branch will elect new office-bearers on 15th January 2021.