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Rival teachers’ unions set to sign legal deals

By Vitalis Kimutai and Rawlings Otieno

Kenya: Two rival teachers’ unions are set to sign Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) with the teachers’ employer.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) are required to sign the CBAs with Teachers Service Commission (TSC), which will be deposited at the Industrial Court.

This will, therefore, make all future engagements and agreements on implementation of salaries, allowances and general welfare of teachers with the government legally binding.

The final CBA between the parties is supposed to be deposited at the Industrial Court by October. It will be the first time, since independence, that teachers will be signing the agreements with their employer.

Collective agreement

“The parties agree on and obtain registration of a collective agreement as required by the law within ninety days (90) from the date hereof,” reads the return-to-work formula and agreement signed by TSC, Knut and Kuppet.

Kuppet last week signed a partial CBA with TSC that has been deposited at the Industrial Court while Knut is expected to deposit theirs this week.

But Knut has vowed to push on with engagements until all issues contained in the 1997 legal notice are fully implemented.

Barely two hours after were they released following the industrial court’s decision to slap a fine of Sh5 million on the union and Sh500,000 each for the two top officials, they assured teachers that they will not tire in pressing for their rights.

Knut Secretary General Mudzo Muli said teachers would never ignore contents of the legal notice until all issues are addressed.

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