The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has issued a fresh demand to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) as full school reopening remains in Limbo.
KNUT has asked TSC to institute a pay rise of up to 200 per cent to cushion its members from inflation and Covid-19 effects.
KNUT secretary-general Wilson Sossion on Sunday, October 18 told TSC that the lowest raise in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement should be 120 per cent.
“There should be an annual increment of 5.0 per cent of basic salary; house allowance should be increased by 50 per cent and accommodation and night allowance by 50 per cent of minimum basic salary. The commuter allowance should be increased by 50 per cent, risk allowance by 10 per cent and hardship by 10 per cent,” Sossion said according to Nation.Now, KNUT wants TSC to start negotiations for the 2021-2023 CBA as the 2017-2021 CBA comes to an end on June 30, 2021.
“The current CBA only favours teachers in administrative positions, leaving the classroom tutor with little increment over the last four years,” session added.
The Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (Kusnet) has also presented its proposals to TSC, asking for a 50-to-60 per cent increment on basic salary.
Kusnet secretary-general James Torome demanded a special allowance of Sh15, 000 per month and a guidance allowance of Sh30,000.
“All special need education teachers shall be paid a uniform allowance of Sh15, 000 per year,” he said.
“As a union, we have not rejected any proposal from the TSC; we shall discuss and negotiate for a new deal for teachers when called upon,” Kuppet secretary-general Akelo Misori told the Nation.
The new demand by Sossion and team come amid plans in limbo for the full reopening of schools due to rising cases of coronavirus.