TSC JULY SALARY INCREMENT; LATEST DEMANDS BY KUPPET FOR INCREASE OF TEACHERS’ SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES BEFORE SIGNING THE NEW 2021-2025 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, CBA
KUPPET MAKES NEW DEMANDS FOR THE NEXT TSC TEACHERS’ PAY RISE AHEAD OF THE 2021-2025 CBA PACT
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, KUPPET now seems to be the only voice that the Teachers and their employer the Teachers Service Commission, TSC can listen to.
Following the crippling and shredding of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, KNUT by the Teachers Service Commission, KUPPET remains the only giant union constitutionally mandated to bargain for better salaries in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, 2021-2025 CBA on behalf of teachers for better salaries.
The latest details reaching us today at newspro.co.ke indicate that KUPPET has been a beehive of activities recently.
KUPPET is reported to have come up with a raft of demands in pursuit of increased salary perks for its members.
LATEST PROPOSAL BY KUPPET FOR INCREASED TEACHERS’ SALARIES STARTING JULY 2021
KUPPET’s proposal demands a review of salaries and allowances for all its members by the Teachers Service Commission, TSC to cushion them against the ever-increasing cost of living.
“The cost of living has increased rapidly over the last two years affecting the purchasing power of household goods and services. The transport cost has increased beyond the commuter allowance negotiated due to increase of fuel and general overall transport cost”, reads the document presented to the TSC by KUPPET in part.
LIST OF NEW ALLOWANCES PROPOSED BY KUPPET IN THE NEXT TEACHERS’ CBA 2021-2025
The union demands that the following issues be considered for negotiations to cushion teachers in their delivery of services:
The Union demands that commuter allowance be increased by 50% of the current rate. The commuter allowance shall be paid as per the Appendix. In the proposal, the lowest teachers are to get Kshs. 7,500 while those in higher ranks will get Kshs. 24,000 up from the current Kshs. 16,000 if the proposal is adopted by the TSC.
2. LEAVE ALLOWANCE
The Union demands that leave allowance be paid based on one’s basic pay i.e. an equivalent of one month’s basic pay for all cadres. They want an increased leave allowance of between Kshs. 27,325-Kshs. 43,694 for the lowest-paid teachers in job group C2. Those in the highest job group, D5, are to get a leave allowance of Kshs. 152,000. The leave allowance is payable once a year, with the January salaries.
The Union demands that House allowance be harmonized across all regions. i.e Teachers in Grade C2 should enjoy the same house allowance whether in Nairobi or Marsabit and this should be in all grades.
4. TOWNSHIP HARDSHIP ALLOWANCE
While teachers enjoy equal house allowance across all regions, the Union proposes the introduction of township allowance. Teachers in urban areas experience challenges of the high cost of living and expensive urban transport and this makes no difference with a teacher in a hardship area. We propose a town allowance of 30% of basic salary is paid to teachers in major cities or county headquarters.
5. HARDSHIP ALLOWANCE
Hardship allowance shall be payable to teachers assigned duties in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas. However, the areas declared as hardship needs to be reviewed because there are other emerging issues like terrorism, cattle rustling, etc.
6. RISK ALLOWANCE
Risk allowance shall be payable to all Science teachers due to exposure to chemicals and other substances. The Union demands that Risk allowance be paid at a rate of 20% of the basic salary as per the appendix. This is a new allowance proposed by KUPPET for Science tutors. In the proposal, teachers in job group C2 will get a minimum of Kshs. 5,465 while those in D5 will get a high of Kshs. 30,587 per month.
7. Accommodation ALLOWANCE
Teachers are assigned duties outside the workstation. In the civil service, guidelines are stipulating the allowance for every cadre. The Union has proposed the development of clear guidelines on the payment of accommodation allowance (per diem) as well as the amount as shown in the appendix. In the appendix, Teachers in grade C2 are to receive between 6,000 and 3,000 in big cities and others areas respectively. While those in grade D4 will receive between 10,000 and 5,000
8. POST GRADUATE SCHEME OF SERVICE
The teaching service has no scheme of service for teachers who have attained Masters’s and Doctorate degrees. Instead, the employer awards three increments to the holders of such qualifications. The proposed scheme seeks to allow TSC to recruit teachers possessing post-graduate qualifications at entry-level. The Union demands that the Postgraduate scheme of service be developed and be eligible to all teachers holding a Master’s and Doctorate. The said teachers shall be paid an allowance equivalent to 40% of the basic salary.
Parties agreed that career progression in the teaching service shall be as provided under Part VI of the Code of Regulations for Teachers. However, KUPPET demands that the Commission in performance of its obligation under this agreement ensures that every teacher under its employment is facilitated to undergo professional development.
KUPPET demands that working hours for all teachers be 8 hours per day i.e. 8.00 am. to 5.00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break for five days i.e. 40 hours per week – Monday to Friday. Further, the Union proposes that any extra hours worked be compensated as overtime as teachers in boarding sections are overworked and no monetary compensation is done. The overtime allowance schedule is attached as per the Appendix.
11. COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL COVER
We propose that medical allowance be increased by 100% to enable the employer to improve health benefits with insurance underwriters. This has been a major cry from most teachers who want the TSC to revoke the AON medical scheme that they term as inefficient.
12. TEACHERS’ SALARY INCREMENT
The 2016 basic salary increment be varied to align the increment with challenges of inflation.
The Union also wants these other issues addressed with immediate effect
The marking scheme for the employment of Diploma teachers is discriminating and unfair to diploma teachers. We propose it be reviewed so that they are given the same marks as graduates.
Special schools allowance terminated without consultation should be reinstated.
The annual increment for teachers seems not clear. Not all teachers have been given the same.
There should exist common cadre grades to show job group progression as before the CBA 26th October 2016.
It remains to be seen what response the TSC will give to the proposals. the TSC has been adamant about increasing teachers’ perks and promotions saying they are implementing the current CBA that runs to 2021.