In Summary
  • The school administrators decamped to Kuppet because it was not part of a court dispute that resulted in the stoppage of the implementation of the CBA for Knut members.

  • The senior teachers, who have joined Kuppet are among those earmarked for a Sh13 billion pay rise in the third phase of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Knut officials from Nyanza sought the Mr Odinga’s intervention to help address the frosty relations with the TSC.

More than 18,000 school principals and deputies have quit the giant Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) in the last three weeks in a fallout over a pay increment meant to have taken effect in July.

The senior teachers, who have joined the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), are among those earmarked for a Sh13 billion pay rise in the third phase of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

UNION DUES

This happened as efforts to resolve a stand-off between Knut and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) went a notch higher Tuesday.

ODM leader Raila Odinga and the Ministry of Labour stepped up efforts to reconcile the two parties, which have returned to the Labour Court for the hearing of a dispute on unpaid union dues amounting to Sh138 million.

The school administrators decamped to Kuppet because it was not part of a court dispute that resulted in the stoppage of the implementation of the CBA for Knut members.

Knut officials from Nyanza sought the Mr Odinga’s intervention to help address the frosty relations with the TSC. The six branch executive secretaries, four national executive council (NEC) members and one chairman met Mr Odinga at his Capitol Hill Square offices.

Rachuonyo executive secretary Eliud Ombori led the team.

Mr Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango said in a statement that the meeting took place at the Knut officials’ request. He said the officials sought Mr Odinga’s advice and intervention to thrash out the differences between Knut and TSC, which has withheld Knut’s dues for two months.

NEGOTIATIONS

The union officials also wanted Mr Odinga to intervene in the interdiction of 280 teachers, including Knut officials, earlier this year, for missing a day’s training on the Competency Based Curriculum.

Mr Odinga promised to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table, but asked Knut to embrace negotiations before resorting to strikes.

“I appeal to the union to end internal wrangles and focus on serving members,” he said.

Meanwhile, Knut officials were yesterday divided on whether or not a meeting of the union’s National Executive Council slated for Thursday should proceed or not.

Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion said the meeting had been called off to allow for talks in order to solve the standoff. However, some officials vowed to go ahead with the meeting, with suspension of Mr Sossion being the only item on the agenda.

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