Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli told the unions and teachers the industrial action is protected in law and they should not be intimidated with threats of arrests.
Atwoli backed the sentiments of Knut and Kuppet that the court order had been overtaken by events because it had been obtained after expiry of the seven-day notice issued by unions.
“The decision to arrest teachers or union officials for contempt lies with the relevant authorities. The court made a judgment and Kenyans have been complaining about impunity and about the Government not following court orders,” said lawyer Gabriel Mukele.
He added: “The Government should not sit back and relax because of the court order. Means of ending the stalemate should still be sought because we are going for elections and kids are preparing of end of year examinations.” Sossion rebuffed the involvement of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, calling them “strangers” to the deal signed between the union and the Government in 1997.
“Their mandate is to determine the salary for State officers such as MPs, not teachers. Ours are demands for implementation of a deal signed and gazetted.