The Kenya Union of Teachers (KNUT) has given the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) a 14-day ultimatum to convene talks on reviewing the non-monitory collective bargaining agreement signed in 2021.
KNUT are pushing for a rise in teachers’ salaries to cushion them from the increased taxation expected to take effect once the court gives a verdict on the controversial taxation law.
According to KNUT, teachers across the country are struggling to make ends meet due to the current economic hardships.
As such, they are calling on the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to review their salaries upwards to cushion them against the increase in taxation as per the enacted Finance Act 2023.
“SRC stopped us from negotiating anything monetary in 2021…but now we have written to TSC and given them 14 days to come to the table and review the CBA. We cannot forget the economic situation in the country is biting,” KNUT Secretary-General Collins Oyuu stated on Sunday, July 9.
Nonetheless, the teachers’ union has been joined by doctors’ union in the quest to have salary increments.
Clinical officers have threatened to down their tools if the government does not heed their demands for a review of their collective bargaining agreement.
Moreover, the medics are demanding salary reviews to cushion them against the dent in their pay occasioned by numerous tax measures being implemented.
The doctor’s union on Saturday, July 8 also issued a 14 days strike notice if the government does not increase the pay for doctors in the counties.