Kuppet snubs TSC pay meet, Knut attends

By: JULIUS OTIENO

A teachers’ union yesterday snubbed a meeting with the Teachers Service Commission to discuss Supreme Court orders to increase their salary by 50-60 per cent.

There’s nothing to talk about, it said.

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers said the meeting was a tactic by the commission to delay implementation of the order.

“We cannot negotiate a court order. The meeting had no bearing at all on the issues at hand. It was a PR exercise meant to defeat justice,” Kuppet secretary general Akelo Misori said.

He addressed a press conference at the union’s headquarters in Nairobi.

“What the union expects is a meeting to sign a CBA,” he said.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers, however, attended the meeting at the TSC headquarters in Upper Hill.

Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion said the orders are clear and must be respected. Sossion said raising taxes, borrowing or requesting for a supplementary budget for the award is not the teachers’ problem.

He took issue with SRC for saying implementing the award would cause other civil servants to demand a new higher salary.

TSC’s head of communication Kihumba Kamotho said: “The union was told consultations within government are still ongoing.”

Teachers have said they will strike on September 1 if they do not get the pay rise.