NO MORE AGREEMENT
The Teachers Service Commission has issued an official notice to terminate its agreement with the embattled Kenya National Union of Teachers, KNUT.
Through a letter to KNUT dated 4th November, the TSC Boss Dr Nancy Macharia said that the agreement signed 51 years ago will be watered down on grounds that the union’s membership is currently way below the required number.
According to Citizen Digital News, the Commission issued a two-months- notice to KNUT following the provisions of Clause 2 of the Recognition Agreement between the Teachers Service Commission and KNUT.
The Recognition Agreement which the TSC seeks to revoke was established on 15th May 1968.
The reason behind TSC’s action is that the union does not have the simple majority of unionisable employees according to the TSC employment as at 4th November 2019.
If the commission dissolves the agreement then the union will no longer bargain on behalf of teachers.
In the notice, the Commission also says it has written to the National Labour Board to terminate the agreement.
This sparks a new wave of emotions especially given that the Commission last week formally terminated KNUT Secretary General-Wilson Sossion’s contract as a teacher.
Through a Gazette notice by the TSC dated 29th October 2019, Wilson Sossion was further blacklisted meaning he cannot teach in any school, whether public or private.