The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has called teacher trade unions to discuss a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), days after Wilson Sossion called it quits from the Kenya National Union of TEACHERS (KNUT).
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia, on Monday, June 28, stated that the talks would be held at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi starting Tuesday, June 29.
While quitting as KNUT Secretary-General, Sossion lamented that the commission had frustrated teachers due to his hardline stances on fighting for their rights.
He called on relative government ministries, Labour and Treasury, to expedite teachers’ dues now that he is out of office.
One of the major rows between TSC and KNUT was the promotion of teachers and salary increments.
The current CBA(2017-2021) is poised to expire in July 2012, and failed negotiations between the employer and teachers raised doubts over their future.
KNUT, Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET)called on TSC to act and lay down strategies for the 2021-2025 CBS.
“Currently there is no new CBA for teachers. Therefore, they will miss their salary increment and promotions,” Sossion decried while heaping pressure on TSC to face teachers before the deadline arrives, before leaving office.
Meanwhile, TSC swore in a selection panel tasked with recruiting five new commissioners. The recruitment process seeks to replace Commissioners Mbarak Twahir, Kinoti Imanyara, Albert Ekirapa, Beatrice Adu, and Tache Gollo, whose terms expired in March.
The selection panel includes; Dr Mary Gaturu, Thomas Koyier (Ministry of Education), Charles Mutinda (Attorney General’s office), Njoki Kahiga (Ministry of Public Service), Margaret Lilian Geno( Federation of Kenya Employers), Richard Kibagendi and Dr Hellen Hazel Misenda (representing the registered Teachers’ Trade Unions, Eva Naputuni Nyoike (Association of Private Schools and Prof Stanely Waudo.
“You must also pay attention to matters of diversity and inclusivity and ensure they are accorded as much consideration in the selection process and at the end of the assignment, the names you forward to the President should reflect Kenya’s diverse communities,” Public Service Commission (PSC) Vice chairperson Charity Kisotu told the selection panel.