The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has hinted a possible payrise for teachers in July 2021. This is after the teacher employer said it is in final CBA negotiation with Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
TSC through a letter dated 8th February 2021 addressed to Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General wilson Sossion also warned the union against propaganda as it seeks to finalize talks with SRC.
“The Commission is in the process of concluding internal consultations with SRC as per the law to pave way for the negotiations. In the meantime, we ask you to be patient and avoid unfounded allegations on the matter, TSC said.
In the new CBA deposited at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and which is to take effect from July 2021 the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has proposed a minimum 16% increment in basic salary for teachers.
Unlike the previous CBA which ended in July 2020 and only favoured school administrators the current CBA which run from July 2021 to July 2025 will plugin the gap between teachers in lower and higher grades.
Teachers in Grades C4 to D5 will benefit from a 16% increment in their basic salaries in the proposed new Collective bargaining agreement by their Employer. Those in Grade B5 to Grade C3 will see a 32% pay rise in their salaries should the new CBA be implemented.
The 2021-2025 CBA also recommending an increment of up to 20 per cent in house allowances, commuter and leave allowances. This essentially implying that Senior and Chief principals are to earn at least Ksh.131, 380 and a maximum of Ksh.157, 656.
Deputy principals ranked between job Group D1 to D3 will earn between Ksh.77,840 and Ksh.125, 573. However Knut and Kuppet had opposed the CBA proposals by TSC.
The two unions had last year made submissions for the new CBA where KNUT wanted the basic pay to be raised by between 120% and 200 percent. Kuppet had also proposed a basic salary increment of between 30 percent and 70 percent.
TSC LETTER TO KNUT ON NEGOTIATIONS OF THE 2021- 2025 CBA
The Secretary General
Kenya National Union of Teachers
PO Box 30407-00100 NAIROBI
NEGOTIATIONS ON THE 2021-2025 CBA
We acknowledge receipt of your letter ref: KNUT/TSC/60/1 /2020 dated 27/01/2021 contents of which we have duly noted. It is the Commission’s position that the issues set out in your letter under reference and many other similar letters were conclusively addressed vide our letter ref:CS/TSC/68/VOL XI dated 2/5/2019. (Copy attached herein for ease of reference).
In our said letter, we reiterated both the national and International framework for public sector CBA negotiations specifically the constitutional requirement to obtain an advisory opinion from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and to exhaust internal consultation with relevant Government agencies prior to commencement of negotiations.
The above position is in tandem with the decision of the Court of Appeal in Civil Appeal No. 196 of 2015: Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Kenya Union of Teachers (KNUT)& 3 others(215] The Commission is in the process of concluding internal consultations with SRC as per the law to pave way for the negotiations.