TSC Seals Non-Monetary CBA 2021-2025 CBA Deal With KNUT,KUPPET, KUSNET
TSC Sets Bait for KUPPET, KNUT and KUSNET Following the Signing of a Non-Monetary 2021-2025 CBA Today
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has, today 13th July, 2021, signed a new non-monetary CBA with the three recognised teacher unions to cover the period 2021 to 2025.
The three unions include The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET).
“After frank, sincere and open discussions today, we are happy to announce that both parties have reached a deal. The Commission has, therefore, today 13th July, 2021, signed a new CBA with the three recognised teacher unions to cover the period 2021 to 2025,” read communique from TSC.
Although the unions‘ proposals included financial components, the Commission beseeched the parties to factor in the advice of the Salaries Remuneration Commission (SRC) that directed a freeze in salary reviews in the public sector for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 financial years.
However, teachers’ unions say basic pay review expected in a year.
Among the benefits of the 2021-2025 include increased maternity leave days to 120 from the present 90, and paternity leave to 21 days up from 14.
The commission has also offered to grant teachers a pre adoptive leave of 45 days from the date of adoption.
Couples will now be transferred to schools near each other (if both are teachers). However this will be subject to availability of vacancies.
At the same time as part of the Commission‘s efforts to recognise exemplary teachers, the teachers’ employer this month rolled out an exercise to capture data of all those staff who excel in various spheres of work with a view to rewarding them accordingly as would be decided from time to time.
These areas would include excellence in national examinations, sport, theatre, institutional management, innovation, research, and advocacy, among others.
Here is the official SRC Response on TSC Pay Rise
SRC Response on TSC Teachers Salary Rise 2021
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission, SRC recently conducted another job evaluation exercise for teachers which proved the great injustice that was meted on classroom teachers’ pay slips four years ago.
SRC’s findings arrived at the conclusion that classroom teachers were given a raw deal or rather the tail while school administrators had the rest of the cow to devour.
According to SRC, classroom teachers play over 30 roles including classroom management and helping the school administration in the smooth running of the Institutions. These pertinent roles were however not captured in the previous job evaluation exercise in 2016 which birthed the current CBA that expires in June 2021.
Ordinary teachers were therefore awarded the lowest salaries. The latest SRC job evaluation findings had rekindled their hope for better pay but the glorious moment was short-lived now that the Remuneration Commission has freezed pay rise and increase in allowances for all civil servants, teachers included for the next two years citing financial constraints in the part of the government geared by the Coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming general elections that require a lot of money.
All eyes are now trained on the Teachers Service Commission to see what verdict it will give on this stalemate surrounding teachers’ pay rise and what plans the teachers’ unions have got in store for their members.
It will be unfortunate if teachers will be forced to revert to strikes that have dotted the education sector with solidarity songs expressing the great dissatisfaction among the workforce for the better part of the previous decade.