The minimum proposal is 16% increment of the basic salary in the new collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) as posted by the Teachers service commission. According to the TSC the proposal will take effect from July 2021.
Just like the previous CBA, the lowest cadre of job group will get the minimum increment. The percentage increment will increase depending on the job group. Grades C4 to D5 teachers will obtain 16% increment on their basic pay, while B5 to C3 will get 32% pay rise.
The commuter, leave and house allowances have also been factored in by the TSC. The Teachers body has recommended an increment of the allowances by 20% throughout the 4 year period according to the deposited CBA.
TSC argues is a thorough analysis representative of the views of the two teachers unions, KNUT and KUPPET. The two unions had late last year made submissions for the new CBA where KNUT wanted the basic pay to be raised by between 120% and 200 percent. Kuppet had also proposed a basic salary increment of between 30 percent and 70 percent.
The Kenya National Union Of Teachers has already contested the decision by the Commission. In a letter to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion is accusing TSC of forwarding a summary of the proposals the union made.
“Sneaking proposals to SRC in such a manner shall only serve to provoke the teaching service….We write to bring to your attention the anomalies and ask that you Require Teachers Service Commission to first of all comply with the law prior to forwarding the said proposals,” says Sossion.
But the Salaries and Renumeration Commission has yet again rattled KNUT in it’s response.SRC Secretary Anne Gitau wrote to Sossion saying, “The SRC has taken note of the issues raised and observed that they are administrative in nature and should therefore be addressed by TSC and KNUT.”
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Consequently SRC guides that KNUT engages TSC as the employer and amicably address the matter.A move that literally forces KNUT back to the drawing board coming days after National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi ruled that matters with regard to TSC and KNUT should not be discussed by the Departmental Committee on Education in Parliament until the cases in court have been solved.