Negotiated CBA 2021-2025 Salaries/ Allowances Won’t Be Factored If Talks Delay: KNUT Decries
The Kenya national union of teachers, KNUT, has called for immediate commencement of negotiations for the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the TSC.
KNUT has a feeling that as things stand, CBC is threatened and there is a possible risk that it won’t be factored in the 2021-2022 financial year budget.
KNUT national assistant treasurer, Ali Abdi Husein describes recent TSC behavior as weird and not in spirit of the CBA 2021-2025 talks. Speaking after the kakamega north KNUT branch elections, the KNUT boss informed teachers that the 2021-2025 CBA negotiations have stalled yet the current CBA expires in two months’ time.
“TSC has all over sudden suspended the implementation of the CBA midstream and declined to constitute a panel to engage union officials,” quipped Husein. Husein views the decline as gross violation of the labour relations act and code of regulation for teachers.
The delay in talks means that the negotiated salaries and allowances will be behind budgetary schedule, hence will not reflect in the new financial year budget report.
Hussein also faults TSC for handling CBA single handedly and forwarding the proposals to the salaries and remuneration commission.
“The last CBA did not favor classroom teachers and they were evaluated poorly together with semi-skilled and support staff despite some of the teachers having acquired relevant and professional qualifications,” he said.
KNUT wants a correction of the same in mess in the next CBA, in case TSC will engage them. KNUT is also advocating for a two year CBA instead of a four year one as has been the case.