Education: Over 100,000 Knut members miss out on pay rise

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 00:00 |
Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha. Photo/BERNARD MALONZA

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on Friday stopped the pay rise of 103,624 teachers who are members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).

In a statement, the teachers' employer indicated that only tutors not affiliated to union will get a pay rise, saying the payroll for the Knut members has not factored in Phase Three of the 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) after a court ordered that terms be based on the schemes of service and not career progression guidelines (CPG) as TSC had sought.

TSC said payment for teachers’ July salaries had delayed after the Employment and Labour Relations Court suspended the implementation of the CBA.

“The judgment of the ELRC, has necessitated preparation of two parallel payrolls in order to comply with the court ruling without disadvantaging teachers who are not Knut members,” the statement read in parts.

Knut-affiliated head teachers, deputy head teachers and senior teachers are among those who will miss out on the pay rise.

“Inevitably, this will also lead to Knut members losing all the benefits embedded in the CPG as an implementation tool for the CBA. In addition, reversal of grades and full recovery of the previously enhanced salaries and allowances since July 1,  2017 shall be effected,” TSC added.

On December 31, 2018,  TSC filed a Petition at the court after Knut issued a strike notice.The union was opposing current promotion model, Career Progression Guidelines, Teacher Professional Development Programmes and tacher appraisal system.  The court ruled on the matter on July 12.

 In the judgment, Justice Ongaya set aside the performance based career progression frameworks for teacher management and remunerations.

The ruling also stopped the implementation of performance appraisal tools. The commission said that based on the ruling, it could not implement the benefits under the third phase of the CBA. Members of Kenya Post Primary Union of Teachers have not been affected.

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