There is a glimmer of hope that teachers will get better terms of work after their union and employer formed a technical committee to work out a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has formed a committee that has been tasked with coming up with a comprehensive CBA.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) secretary-general Akello Misori said that they will present their proposal to the committee, including their demand for a 50 to 60 per cent salary increase, leave allowance, risk allowance, a mortgage scheme and promotion for teachers.
“TSC will also present their counter-proposals and we will meet in two weeks to review the progressive document that the technical team will have come up with,” Mr Misori said.
TSC’s head of communications Kihumba Kamotho said: “The atmosphere of the meeting was cordial and the deliberations were productive”.
When President Uhuru Kenyatta met officials of the teachers’ unions and their employers late last year, the parties agreed to stop all their battles and instead start new discussion on the CBA, and that TSC would pay all dues owed to the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and Kuppet.
The two have formed a six-person committee to discuss union dues.
Knut has accused the TSC of refusing to deduct union dues but attended the meeting on Friday evening.
The unions will write to the TSC on their concerns over teachers’ appraisals, which has been a source of conflict between the TSC and the unions.
“The SG will also write to TSC on modalities of performance contract, the special house allowance and increase in PAYE appearing on teachers’ payslips,” Kuppet chairman Omboko Milemba said.