The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has affirmed that they would give directions on the teachers' demands on the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) deal in the next two weeks.
Following the presentation of the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, by the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, More details regarding the proposal have emerged concerning the basic salaries of teachers per job grade, as well as the allowances.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has affirmed that they would give directions on the teachers’ demands on the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) deal in the next two weeks.
According to SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich, the commission was looking into the submissions made by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) regarding the teachers’ proposals on their salaries.
“Please note that the commission is looking into the submission, the outcome will be communicated. We will give directives in the next two weeks,” Mengich said.
Since last year, the teachers’ Union especially KNUT and KUPPET have been trying to get TSC and SRC and final response on the New Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA 2021, 2025 in vain.
What is even more worrying is that is yet to offer a counterproposal to the unions on matters of salaries to the teachers to set the ball rolling since there cannot be negotiations without both parties being actively involved.
The proposal by the TSC indicated that teachers in the lower grades will have the lion’s share of the salary increments at a rate of 32 percent, while those in the administrative roles and job grades will have a slightly lower basic salary increment at a rate of 16 percent.
The commission also indicated that the house allowances, travel allowances, and leave allowances will also increase at the rate of 20 percent in all the job grades.
Teachers’ unions comprising of Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET), Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), and Kenya National Union of Special Need Education Teachers (KUSNET) have been decrying the delay of the negotiation process of the CBA deal.
The grievances led to KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori issuing a seven-day strike notice to the TSC on Thursday, June 3 citing that teachers would down their tools if they did not receive salary increments or promotions.
“Teachers expect nothing other than a salary review this year. We have gathered that TSC was advised by the SRC, but TSC has not shared the advisory with us,” Misori stated.
In March, SRC affirmed that classroom teachers were given a raw deal in the current CBA 2017-2021 since the previous job evaluation exercise overlooked their pertinent roles in school management.
TSC has been at loggerheads with KNUT and KUPPET over several key issues regarding the welfare of the teachers.