No Salary Review: 2021-2025 CBA Negotiations Between TSC and Unions Fail as Unions Reject TSC’s Offer

It is now confirmed that there will be No pay rise for teachers as the much-hyped negotiations between TSC and unions at safari park hotel failed.

Knut Secretary General Collins Oyuu termed the proposal offered by TSC laughable.Treasury allocated over Sh588 billion to the Ministry of Education in the 2021/2022 financial year budget, no monies were allocated to finance the 2021-2025 CBA.

With the 2017-2021 CBA set to expire today, June 30, the probability of teachers signing a new CBA with the unions is zero.

The Teachers Service Commission pegged the decision to disallow any salary increment for teachers in the public sector to an advisory opinion from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

“SRC gave an advisory that there would be no review of the basic salary structures, allowances and benefits paid to the public sector in the financial year 2021 /2022 — 2022/2023,” TSC CEO Nancy Macharia said.

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In line with the SRC directive, TSC has sought to negotiate on other components of the CBA while maintaining the current salary rates.

The proposal was fronted to the unions as discussions for the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement began.

However, Kenya National Union of Teachers and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers rejected the TSC offer in the negotiations, noting it has not included any monetary gains in the CBA.

“Kuppet is reluctant to entertain a CBA with no monetary benefits,” Kuppet secretary general Akelo Misori said in a statement.

Misori said that the union is pushing for a pay rise that would cushion teachers against inflation and the burdens of increased workload under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

He confirmed dissatisfaction with the proposed TSC counter offer to the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“Given the wide disparities in remuneration across the various cadres in the expiring 2017-2021 CBA, coupled with the sharp inflation in the country, this is the time to review teachers’ salaries,” Reads a statement a statement by KUPPET.

KUPPET has termed the content of the proposals by TSC as ‘negligible improvement’ in the working condition of teachers.

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