DO TSC TEACHERS IN KENYA NEED MORE UNION DEDUCTIONS IN THESE HARSH ECONOMIC TIMES?
TSC TEACHERS CRY FOUL AS ANOTHER UNION OTHER THAN KEWOTA INVADES THEIR PAYSLIPS
“I was taken aback after I discovered that my payslip had been mutilated once more.” This was one of the confessions made by a TSC employed teacher in Nakuru County.
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Mr Kemboi was not the only one perplexed by this unfortunate predicament, so many teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission have taken to social media to express their fury over the unwarranted mutilation of their payslips through union deductions.
According to the teachers, another union other than KEWOTA invaded and made deductions from some TSC employed teachers without their consent! The newest cartel in the TSC-union “game of thrones” is going by the name KUSNET which in full stands for Kenya Union of Special Needs Teachers.
KUSNET made deductions from teachers December 2019 payslips. In a sample case, a teacher going by the name Mirrie M. Tims on Facebook claimed that KUSNET deducted kshs 627.42 from her December 2019 payslip despite being a non-member.
This is quite outrageous since I thought that teachers have a right to either join or avoid unions altogether.
If asked to give my honest opinion on these teachers’ unions, I would compare them to toothless dogs that bark without biting.
Many a time, teachers have been interdicted over minor offences such as coming to school late or failing to attend the assembly which are dubbed “insubordination” at the snap of the principal’s fingers.
The question is, what are these unions doing to protect the welfare of teachers?
Currently, teachers are working under very tough conditions, they have no say in as far as the school affairs are concerned.
Those who try to dissent their immediate bosses’ demands are either “delocalized” or interdicted in the name of “kufunzwa adabu na kujua hujui.” By the time these unions intervene, the teacher affected would have suffered a big blow in his or her career development.
TSC TEACHERS’ WOES
Worth noting is the fact that some of the school heads hold uncalled for grudges against teachers who do seem to support their “reign.”
They, therefore, summon and intimidate them into buying their retrogressive ideas. Others with insurmountable vendetta write secret reports to the TSC aimed at destroying the teachers’ career development.
My plea to the Teachers unions in Kenya is “PLEASE LEAVE ALONE TEACHERS TO DEAL WITH THEIR WOES, THEY HAVE GOT MORE THAN ENOUGH TO STOMACH RIGHT NOW. THEIR TROUBLES RANGE FROM AFFORDING A DECENT LIFESTYLE FOR THEIR KIDS TO TPAD!”