Teachers Set For A Bumper Reap In New CBA
According to KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu, KNUT has agreed with the TSC to present a 60 per cent salary review for teachers. If SRC accepts the proposal, the highest paid teacher will take home Ksh237,376 up from Ksh148,360 while the lowest paid teacher at B5 will take home Ksh89,016 from Ksh 24,250.
While addressing the media, Oyuu revealed that the giant union has commenced a structured negotiation with the TSC , which will ensure teachers scoop a salary increment award of 60 per cent.
According to Oyuu, the two parties have been having a conversation over the matter since the signing of the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which surprisingly denied teachers a salary component out of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRC’s) advisory.
“The conversation was mutual, full of insightful engagements and with sincere and focused resolutions which resulted into these proposals (the 60 per cent salary increment) that are a subject of negotiations we are engaging in at the moment,” said Oyuu.
Oyuu expressed confidence in the negotiations, arguing that they have put in consideration all the possibilities to get a way forward in their subsequent meetings.
“These entire factors were diagnosed in our Naivasha retreat with the employer and we agreed to table a 60 per cent salary review for teachers immediately. I trust and believe that we the teachers of Kenya can begin our conversation from this standpoint. We both agreed to have a structured conversation in the subsequent meetings and have a way forward, “said Oyuu.
On the other hand, KUPPET is pushing for classroom teachers (at Grades C2 and C5) to get a salary increment of 70 per cent and administrators (at Grades D4-D5) get an increment of 30 per cent.
This according to KUPPET boss Akello Misori, means that the lowest teacher at Grade C2 will earn a proposed salary of Ksh 59,425 from the current Ksh 34,955 on the minimum and a proposed Ksh 74,280 from the current Ksh 43,694 on the maximum; while the highest teacher at Grade D4 will earn a proposed salary of Ksh 153,715 from the current Ksh 118,242 on the minimum and a proposed Ksh 184,458 from the current Ksh 141,891 on the maximum.
The union is also pushing for teachers to get four new allowances in addition to what they enjoy currently under the 2021-2025 CBA which are risk, overtime, post-graduate and accommodation allowances.
In separate statements released on July 22,2022, the two Union bosses have however castigated Education CS Prof. George Magoha over his recent remarks on the teacher’s salary increment, adding that teachers’ salary should be of major priority and that salary matters should be left to Teachers Service Commission (TSC)which has a core mandate of running and managing teachers’ affair in the country.