By ALLAN KISIA
Teachers have warned of an impending nationwide strike should the Government continue to disregard their demands.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers ( Knut) Monday said teachers would down their tools following failure by the Ministry of Finance to consider their proposals in the budgetary estimates presented to Parliament.
The secretary general, however, fell short of naming the date teachers will down their tools.
“The National Executive Council is set to meet before the date can be made known,” he added.
He said they looked at the Budget carefully and discovered the Government only plans to fulfil a small part of what they had proposed.
“The Government wants to employ 10,000 teachers while we requested for 40,000 teachers,” he said and added: “We gave the Government up to July 1 but we have not received any communication. We were asked to prepare our own budget, which we presented to the Parliamentary Committee on Budget.”
“I am asking teachers to spend the little money they earned this month well because tough times lie ahead,” he said.
Speaking at a Press conference at his Nairobi offices, Osiany noted that Knut was still open for negotiations with the Government.
In their presentation to the Parliamentary Committee on Budget in May, teachers asked for a 300 per cent salary increment and immediate implementation of the 1997 Legal Notice 534 in regard to the allowances payable to teachers.