Teachers’ pay delayed as TSC negotiations resume tomorrow
Negotiations over salary changes between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the teachers’ unions are set to resume tomorrow.
The parties involved have expressed optimism about their efforts in narrowing their differences and aim to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. Nonetheless, the teachers’ unions have rejected the TSC’s plan, which offers a pay raise ranging from 2.4 percent to 9 percent.
Instead, the unions are calling for a larger wage increase for teachers, ranging from 7% to 10%.
Omboko Milemba, Chairman of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), is now pleading for the president’s intervention to help mediate and bring about a resolution to the current standoff.
“We held quick talks with the Teacher Service Commission last week, and our talks are set to conclude on Monday.” During our discussions, we met a little stumbling block owing to a mismatch between the promised seven to ten percent increase for the welfare of teachers and all Kenyan workers and the actual proposed statistics that we received upon our arrival.
Instead of the anticipated increases, we found statistics of 2.4 percent and 9.5 percent, rather than 7 percent and 10%, respectively. This is what caused us to differ. However, we met with them again on Friday and are currently working to bridge these gaps.
“Our only request is that the smaller subset of teachers receiving the most marginal increments be given the intended raise,” Omboko Milemba remarked.