A Smoke Screen?Unions’ Renewed Effort To Award Teachers’ Payrise Through The Supplementary Budget.

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Unions’ Renewed Effort To Award Teachers’ Payrise Through The Supplementary Budget 2022.

Teachers' Unions Renewed Effort To Award Teachers' Payrise Through The Supplementary Budget.

It has emerged that the Teachers’ Unions are working silently to secure salary increments for their members. It has been noted that both KNUT & KUPPET officials are currently involved in quite informal meetings with top officials from TSC with the sole aim of ironing out issues that will pave way for salary review.
Some union officials believe that despite teachers missing out on pay rise through the national budget, it is still possible for teachers to get salary increments through a supplementary budget. It is important to note that, normally the Supplementary Budget is the request for additional funds by existing Ministries and Departments during the year.
Earlier, the Teachers’ Union and the Teachers Service Commission had signed a non-monetary CBA. Following the disagreement between the Union and the Commission, a salary component failed to be included in the review of the Non-monetary CBA. It is emerging that the Commission is keener on employing more teachers to plug in the shortage arising from the 100% transition and the CBC demands than hiking the existing teachers’ pay. This follows the Commission refuting claims that it will use the money for awarding salary increments to teachers even though the Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani allocated an additional sh.14.8 billion to the Commission. In a report presented in parliament, TSC indicated that the additional allocated money will be used to employ more teachers. In the budget, Tsc was allocated sh.2.5 billion for employing 5,000 teachers on permanent terms and another sh. 1.2 billion for employing slightly over 6,000 teacher interns.
This is happening in the background of collapsed talks between the Unions and the Commission over reviewing the CBA 2021-2025 which would have given a lifeline to teachers’ salary changes. KUPPET had made an effort to force the Commission to review the teachers’ salaries but did not pull through early this year. Since then, the Union has gone mute having called off the strike notice it had issued on the 17th of January this year!
KUPPET in its proposal wants the basic monthly salary of the lowest-paid teacher to be raised from Sh.34,955 to Sh.59,425 and that of the highest-paid increased from 118,242 to Sh.153,715. This is in addition to a hiked commuter allowance from Sh.5,000 to Sh.8,500 for the lower tier teachers and 16,000 to Sh. 20,000 for the highest-paid teachers. KUPPET’s sister Union KNUT is pushing for a pay rise of between 15 and 20 percent. So far TSC has only listed six job groups that are scheduled for a pay rise when the money hits its accounts in July. The Commission issued a communique indicating that these marked job groups will earn salary increments with arrears in July 2022 when money will be available.
Teacher grades B5, C1, C2, C3, and D5 will not get any pay hike because they are not eligible for increments based on the CBA 2017-2021 Terms. This follows an indication by the commission that most teachers have apparently reached their maximum salary points commonly known as the ‘bar’ and therefore it will not be plausible for their salaries to progress upward. ” Grades B5, C1, C2, C3, and D5 have reached the maximum salary points provided for in the banding by the completion of the cycle for CBA 2017-2021″, reads the document! However, the commission says grades C4, C5, D1, D2, and D4 have not yet attained the maximum salary points as spelled out in the salary banding. The Commission points out that it pays the teachers their salary increment with arrears from the date they attained the maximum salary points to January 2022.

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