Kenya: KNUT Storms Out of Negotiations Again

Nairobi — Fresh talks held on Tuesday between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) hit a deadlock after KNUT officials stormed out.
KNUT Assistant Treasurer Richard Kibagendi said they walked out of the meeting after Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi failed to turn up as previously agreed.
“The meeting contravenes the court order that directs the labour ministry to meet with us to settle this stalemate. As such it is not the responsibility of the Teachers Service Commission to negotiate,” he added.
The officials vowed that the teachers would remain on strike until their demands are addressed.
“Until we have had a meeting with the ministry of labour as per the court order we urge our teachers to continue the strike as the commission has nothing to offer.”
KNUT officials said that so far the commission had offered KUPPET commuter allowance that will be rolled out and disbursed over a period of five years between 2014 and 2019, a claim that the KUPPET officials termed as untrue.
The talks went on between the KUPPET officials and the teachers’ commission with officials saying that there’s a great need to come up with a speedy solution.