TSC CONFIRMS CBA MONEY IS STILL INTACT, SALARY INCREMENTS TO BE EFFECTED THIS MONTH, JULY 2020; LATEST TSC NEWS
The Teachers Service Commission, TSC Head of Communications Beatrice Wababu has reassured teachers not to worry since the Commission will ensure that they receive their final salary increments this month.
According to TSC, the money for the fourth phase of the 2017-2021 CBA has already been budgeted for and will be paid in full; despite the economic hurdles posed by the covid-19 pandemic.
“The fourth phase of CBA implementation comes at the end of this month, July,” she confirmed.
Ms. Wababu also underscored the indispensable role played by the teachers.
“As we await government directives on reopening of schools, the Commission wishes to thank all teachers for the support that they have been accorded us. We value this partnership that has enabled us to continue serving you even under the current circumstances. Further, we value your efforts in engaging your learners online through lessons and words of encouragement. Thank you and please continue reaching out.
The CBA which was first implemented in the year 2017 saw regular classroom teachers-without administrative roles receive their pay rise in the first two phases only while school administrators reaped big with their salary increments being rolled out in four phases.
Ms. Wababu further described the teaching profession as unique to mean that teaching goes beyond the labor law for it calls for mutual understanding and constant feedback.
“Due to the unique nature of the teaching profession, our relationship goes a step further beyond the labor law. It is one of mutual understanding, relying on constant feedback both ways,” added Ms. Wababu.
She also urged all teachers to maintain the goodwill that the Commission has enjoyed for the past five years for it has enabled the TSC to achieve milestones within the span.
“We rely on you to perform our job better and in turn, you rely on us to provide quality education to the Kenyan child. This goodwill has enabled the Commission to achieve a lot in the last five years. Key among our achievements is the signing of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA with teachers’ unions.”
SUSPENDED PAY RISE
This announcement comes at a point when teachers were afraid that the Government may consider suspending the salary increments following the spread of the coronavirus that has negatively impacted on the economy.
In Uganda, the government has suspended planned pay rise for civil servants to the year 2023 following the outbreak of coronavirus, floods, and landslides.
“The Government is ready to increase the pay for its servants but in a phased manner. Staff in public universities will get their pay rise in the financial year 2020/2021 but the other civil servants will have to be patient and wait until the year 2022 and 2023,” said Ms. Catherine Bitarakwate, the PS in the Ministry of Service last week.
TSC TEACHERS’ NEW INCREASED SALARIES
Among those whetting their appetite for fatter salaries come the end of July are 100, 000 P1 teachers who are currently categorized in Grade B5 for they will be automatically get promoted to Grade C1.
This automatic promotion is however limited to tutors who were already in the TSC payroll before July 2017.
5, 000 diploma teachers in secondary schools in Grade C1 (Former J) will also get increased salaries.