ODM leader Raila Odinga [Photo: Facebook Tuko]
Jan, 8th 2020 – ODM leader Raila Odinga has called for an end to the long-standing dispute, between the Kenya National Union (KNUT) of Teachers and the teacher’s employer TSC.
In a statement, Mr. Odinga asked the Teachers Service Commission, to appreciate its responsibility to support and protect teacher’s professionalism and their right to belong to a union.
In his words, Raila said Knut and TSC must return to the table, go through the rulings of the court and resolutions of Parliament, and begin a fresh journey of good faith that benefits all. The dispute began when the funds received from TSC by KNUT significantly dropped from 144 million shillings monthly, to 20 million shillings.
He said, “The parties don’t need to be permanently in court or at war. In fact, the courts have asked the two parties to negotiate. On its part, TSC must appreciate its responsibility to support and protect teacher professionalism, teacher rights that include the right to belong to unions of their choice and teachers right to organize in order to check administrative power.”
There is no indication that it will undertake a full implementation of the 2017-2021 Comprehensive Bargaining Agreement as demanded by Knut and sanctioned by the courts and Parliament.
Raila said, “The teachers may have been subdued and gone silent as a monumental movement they built from scratch since 1957, and which they took pride in, is brought to its knees. But they are certainly not happy.”
Earlier, the Central Organization of Trade Unions had warned TSC against terminating its Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with KNUT.
Francis Atwoli, COTU secretary General declared that any attempts by TSC to defy its CBA and revoke Recognition Agreement (RA) will be met with full force.