KNUT members to get a boom and Promotions In a New Deal

All members of KNUT who missed out on the last two phases of the just concluded Sh54 billion salary deal will get between Sh192,000 and Sh360,000 by end of August.

After a successful meeting between TSC and KNUT, it was agreed that all the 16,000 teachers who are Knut members be paid their withheld money in arrears.

What this means is that Knut members will have a total salary raise of between Sh8,000 and Sh15,000, backdated to cover the two years they missed out.

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Additionally, Some of the teachers will be promoted after they missed out on the opportunities when the rest of their colleagues were moved up during implementation of the CBA.

Some 86,000 primary school teachers were promoted as the TSC implemented the last phas of the salary deal.

During this exercise, teachers who were previously on job group B5 earning a basic salary of Sh21,345, were moved to C1 with a salary increment of about Sh8,000.

These teachers also benefited from a new house allowance of Sh4,200, commuter of Sh4,000 and hardship allowance of Sh8,200.

The P1 teachers have so far received at least two automatic promotions since 2017 when the CBA was implemented, as Knut members were stagnated. Primary school head teachers and their deputies who had been at job group G (and who were not Knut members) were the greatest beneficiaries of the increment.

Head teachers and their deputies who were Knut members also lost significantly under the last phase of the CBA.

For instance, a head teacher who was earning Sh45,000 in June 2019 now earn Sh62,272 as their Knut counterparts salaries remained unchanged.

Oyuu said Knut members who missed out on these benefits will now enjoy the deal following successful meeting with TSC that unlocked the pay.

It also emerged that Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has invited the unions to a second meeting next week Tuesday to continue the botched Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) talks.

The previous meeting called by the employer hit a snag after unions rejected a counteroffer that lacked monetary component.

Knut Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) and the Kenya Union of Special Education Teachers (Kusnet) had all been invited to the meeting.

The teachers’ salary boom will however mark the first win for the new Knut administration, just weeks after assuming office.

Collins Oyuu, the Knut secretary general said he is negotiating with TSC to release agency fee which is calculated at about 1.5 per cent of a member’s gross monthly pay.

The money was locked up as TSC and Knut had different interpretations of the Justice Byram Ongaya ruling on Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs).

“What delayed the payment of these teachers was the varied interpretation of a court ruling between TSC and Knut leadership.

“We have resolved that because we do not want unnecessary fights with the employer,” said Oyuu.

In his ruling, Justice Byram Ongaya of Labour Relations Court set aside Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs) rolled out in 2017 and reverted to the old Schemes of Service to guide promotions of all teachers under its payroll.

Oyuu said after only a few days in office, he has managed to restore industrial relations with TSC.

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