Teachers’ Unions and SRC To Take Longer Before Starting 2021-2025 CBA
Negotiations between SRC and teachers unions, KNUT and KUPPET might not begin soon.This emerged after the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, SRC, sought more time for before engaging the teacher unions. What this means is that KNUT and KUPPET will wait longer before negotiations with SRC.
Teachers should however not be anxious as there is a likelyhood that the negotiations, which are yet to begin, will end by mid-June and first phase implementation will begin by July.
SRC CEO Anne Gitau, through a writing requested TSC for more time and pledged to give further directions.
Gitau said that among the items in the 2021-2025 CBA for teachers is basic salary, which shall be informed by among other factors, the resultant job evaluation pay structures.
In her statement as written in the letter, the parameters for the new CBA talks shall be issued once the ongoing job evaluation is concluded.
“SRC is currently undertaking job evaluation exercise to inform its Third Remuneration Review cycle in the Public Service,” reads the letter in part.
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Gitau however revealed that SRC is reviewing the teacher’s employer request for advice on the new CBA proposals it presented before inviting unions for negotiations as dictated in the law.
Both KNUT and KUPPET presented their 2021-2025 CBA proposals in 2020 but negotiations about their proposals have not begun. This is despite the fact that the current 2017-2021 CBA will expire on June 30 and a new deal, which is yet to be negotiated should be implemented from July 1.
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“We are looking forward to commencing meaningful, valuable and productive negotiations for the next CBA within an acceptable timeframe that shall ensure teachers benefit with new salaries from CBA so that they can deliver quality teaching to all our public schools,” said Sossion in the letter.
His change of tune came after the TSC has asked Knut to stop propaganda on the pending CBA.
In a letter, TSC told Sossion that the commission was concluding internal consultations with SRC as per the law to pave the way for negotiations.
“In the meantime, we ask you to be patient and avoid making unfounded allegations on the matter,” read the letter.
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