New teachers union gets nod to list members

Saturday February 18 2017

Kenya Teachers Congress

Interim Secretary-General of Kenya Teachers Congress John Mbate addresses journalists outside Milimani Labour Relations Court on February 1, 2017. It has started registering members. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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The ministry of Labour has allowed a new teachers’ union to start recruiting members.

Kenya Teachers Congress (KTC) director of communications and publicity John Waweru said the union is active in all counties.

“The union already has interim officials in each of our 47 chapters,” Mr Waweru said, noting that in Nairobi more than 2,000 teachers have signed up to be members.

He said the union will overhaul how negotiations with other stakeholders are conducted for the benefit of members.

He added that: “KTC wishes to bring a difference in how unions engage with the employer. We want to bring in the consultation path, unlike forceful chest-thumping engagements.”

The union is led by former disgruntled Knut leaders and is targeting teachers in nursery, primary and secondary schools and colleges.

Trade unions registrar Esther Gicheha had allowed KTC to undertake lawful activities in order to establish a trade union.

“An application for the registration of the trade union should be made to the registrar within six months from February 8,” Ms Gicheha said.

The decision follows a ruling earlier this month by the Employment and Labour Relations Court that directed that the union be registered.

Currently teachers are represented by Knut, Kuppet and the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers.