Teachers Service Commission is blackmailing us, claims Sossion
SEE ALSO :Row rages over Sossion suspensionThe union has locked horns with the TSC over the commission’s move to stop the remittance of dues, recovery of the previous benefits of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) from teachers and the creation of two parallel payrolls for tutors. According to Knut, since signing the first-ever CBA on October 26, 2016, it has continued to engage TSC in structured and constructive dialogue for the purpose of maintaining industrial peace. In the CBA, the two parties agreed to ensure expeditious settlement of reported industrial grievances, and strictly observe grievance handling mechanism as recommended in the CBA and the law. The CBA Knut and TSC also agreed to avoid engaging in activities or programmes contrary to the CBA.
SEE ALSO :Kuppet registers 18,000 membersHe says; “The commission had stopped remittance of dues and developed a parallel salary system for our members and the branches as a strategy; you starve the troops and incite them to kill the general.” The different salaries for teachers, he says, are an illegality under the International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention employment Act. “When we have a CBA, all members and non-members of Knut benefit. Clearly, the difference in the salaries effected by TSC is borne out of malice.” Though the union has been committed to working harmoniously with the Government, in particular TSC in negotiating the terms and conditions of service for teachers, the commission has instead adopted a hard stance, he said. The matters in contention, according to the trade union, are transfer of teachers under the de-localisation programme, promotion based on the three schemes of service, the implementation of performance management tools and professional development. The conciliator successfully conducted sessions with both TSC and Knut. At the end of the exercise, the conciliator presented a detailed report to Justice Byram Ongaya of the Employment and Labour Relations Court.
SEE ALSO :Blow to Knut plan to remove SossionBased on the report, Justice Ongaya ordered TSC to cease using Career Progression Guidelines in promoting teachers. He also ordered that Knut officials be transferred within respective geographical areas they are elected to represent and head teachers/ principal be allowed to be union officials. It also asked TSC to undertake teacher promotion in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code of Regulations for Teachers and convene validation meetings for performance measurement tools. Justice Ongaya also ordered that the Teacher Professional Development modules in dispute should be suspended as they fall short of professional development programmes. Knut has argued that the court stopped implementation of TSC’s illegal programmes. The union claims that despite the court orders, TSC has operated with impunity in their operations.
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