Teachers unions have rejected a proposal by the Teachers Service Commission to increase their salaries by between 16% to 32%.
KNUT and KUPPET have accused TSC for sneaking in a counter-proposal that did not include pay rise suggested by teachers.
TSC rejected the special school, township and postgraduate allowances. The teacher employer is not convinced on the 50%-70% transport allowance increase and has made a counter offer for a 20% increment.
According to the TSC proposals sent to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, the tutors would get a 20% increase for the commuter, leave and house allowances.
The commission had proposed that house allowances be increased by 10%. However, Knut sought to have all teachers be paid according to rates in Nairobi.
KUPPET had pushed for a Ksh 15, 000 allowance for teachers in special schools.
On the other hand, KNUT wants basic salaries, raised by between 120% and 200%.
KUPPET is pushing for a salary increment of between 30% and 70%.
Teachers in Grades C4 to D5 were supposed to get a 16% salary increase on their basic pay while those in Grade B5 to Grade C3 would get a 32% increment in a period of four years.
The unions claimed that TSC’s decision to bypass them and send the proposal to SRC was against the law and demonstration of bad faith.
The discussions were scheduled to take place early in 2020 but the Covid-19 pandemic forced the stakeholders to shelve them.
“Negotiations have not begun. We saw a notification from the SRC trying to jump-start the negotiation, but we can’t take directions from them. We’re waiting for communication from the TSC,” said KUPPET secretary-general Akello Misori.
According to the law, TSC is supposed to appoint a committee of 10 members which includes five each from the union and the commission to discuss the proposals