KUPPET Demands a 2021-2025 CBA Counter Offer From SRC
KUPPET has raised concern over delayed talks on new salaries, three months to the end of Sh54 billion Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
A report from a meeting between Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, KUPPET, and TSC in Naivasha heard that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) is yet to give advisory for the talks.
KUPPET officials were concerned since time is running out for the talks as the precious CBA ends end of June 2021.
“We are seriously concerned by this delay by SRC since expiry of the current CBA on June 30 is fast approaching,” said Akello Misori, Kuppet secretary general.
The statement came after a four-day meeting with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) management and technical team in Naivasha.
Mr Misori said the union and TSC have so far played their role in the talks and blamed the delayed process on SRC.
“What remains is for the SRC to give its advisory to TSC to enable the employer table a counter offer to the union,” said Misori.
Kuppet has already pitched a salary increment of between 30 and 70 per cent for the new CBA. This meant that the lowest paid teachers would get the higher percentage with highest paid teachers getting the lower percentage.
The Kuppet proposal would see the lowest-paid teachers’ salaries rise from Sh21,756 to Sh36,985 while those in higher cadres under Job Group D4 who currently earn Sh118,242 would take home Sh153,714.
TSC sent its proposed salary offer of between 16 to 32 per cent to the SRC on September 29, last year., and all that KUPPET wants now is SRC to table its counter offer before KUPPET-SRC talks begin.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) which had proposed a salary increment of between 120 and 200 per cent was not party to the Naivasha meeting.
The statement by Kuppet on delay on tabling a counter offer by SRC dashed hopes of thousands of teachers who hoped that the meeting would yield some hope for the talks.