KUPPET Sets Date For Fresh salary talks With TSC
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), during the annual delegates conference in Eldoret called on the government to reopen fresh salaries review negotiations, which were frozen last year.
Kuppet Secretary-General Akelo Misori insisted that there is an urgent need for salary review talks in January since the economy is already improving.
Misori touched on salary review during a press conference after the Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) on the state of the teaching profession and education sector.
“Having considered all factors affecting the terms and conditions of service for teachers, the ADC demands the immediate re-opening of talks for the salaries review that was put on hold due to poor economic performance occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic?” Misori said.
According to Misori, the union has been lenient and reasonable but the time to push for new terms could not wait for another year.
“Enough is enough, we have been lenient and reasonable enough. However, we expect TSC to respect our views and initiate the talks,” Misori added.
Misori further added that the freeze in reviewing salaries was pegged on poor economic performance relating to corona virus. He noted that the government had reviewed salaries and allowances for several cadres in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the Public Service Commission (PSC), and county governments over the last few months and wondered why they were left out.
“We want to make it very clear; teachers are not beggars, they are professionals. They know when to talk and what to say. We know this is the right time to engage in such a matter without the interference of school calendars,” he added.
If KUPPET National Executive Board communicates the union demands to TSC and the Ministry of Education immediately after the ADC, then salary talks are expected to begin in January.