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KUPPET Insists that the GVT Must Review teachers’ salaries in July

The Kenya union of post primary teachers, KUPPET, has maintained that teacher will accept nothing less than a salary review in July.

During KUPPETS national governing council meeting held on 10th June 2021 at Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi, the National office pledged to issue a communication next week after the submission by SRC over the 2021-2025 CBA.

The aim of the meeting was to deliberate on important issues affecting the teaching fraternity and the education sector, failing to factor salary review in the just released budget being one of them.

kuppet is not impressed with the cunning move TSC has played on teachers, and yet the same TSC is still promising to commitment 2021-2025 CBA.

TSC is making this promise even after the budget has been read and the treasury has taken its position about 2021-2025 CBA.

Among the resolutions of the meeting include:

1. To demand that the teachers service commission makes a counter offer to KUPPET’s memorandum of demands for the new 2021-2025 CBA without any further delay. This demand is made on the understanding that the remaining time to the expiry of the current CBA is still sufficient for the two parties to come to an agreement

2.To demand that the salaries and remuneration commission, the national treasury, and the teachers service commission make public all correspondence touching on teachers and salaries Since 2018. These documents unambiguously support the unions demand for a new salary review.

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3.That the union makes it clear to all government organs that not having a new CBA in place by 1st July 2021 would constitute gross negligence and abdication on the government spart, having started a CBA process and negotiated for three years.

4.That teachers are expecting nothing short of salary increments to cushion them against inflation and growing burdens of increased workload under the CBC and their new role in mitigating the pandemic, and amidst biting teacher shortages, coupled with 100% transition.

In the meantime, members are advised to brave for tough times ahead if teachers’ wishes are not granted by the employer. It is important for members to know that failure to have a CBA will leave KUPPET leadership with no option other than industrial action.

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