The government has appealed the industrial court ruling that awarded teachers a pay increase of between 50 to 60 per cent. In a certificate of urgency filed at the Court of Appeal, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) wants the award stayed to stop the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (Kuppet) from executing the said judgement against them.
“It is in the interests of justice that the notice of motion filed herein be heard and determined urgently to enable the applicant make its case for an order of stay of execution pending hearing and determination of the intended appeal..” read the document. According to the documents filed in court, TSC claimed by the court indicating that the increase and allowances be registered in court within 30 days from the date of the ruling will take away the parties’ freedom to negotiate voluntary and conclude a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Meanwhile, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has accused the government of planning to deny teachers their salary increment despite a recent industrial court ruling awarding the same. Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion alleged a ploy by the government to delay effecting the court order to award teachers pay rise backdating to 1997.
He warned of a looming teachers’ strike should the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) fail to effect the order beginning this month. Kaimenyi’s removal Sossion said it is unfortunate for TSC to resort to “playful ploys” to frustrate the court order, yet it is TSC itself that went to court.
“The stakeholders who were involved in the stalemate opted for the court as the last option and we won. Let them not move us in circles. If they appeal the verdict, they will see our true colours,” he said. Speaking at Koibeyon Secondary School in Bomet East during the opening of an ICT lab, Sossion said it is high time government paid teachers their perks for learning to go on uninterrupted.
“We are entitled to Sh50 billion as per the court ruling and the government should ensure that money is on teachers’ pay slips at the end of the month,” he said. Sossion who was in the company of Bomet East MP Bernard Bett said the industrial court adjudicated the case thoroughly and plans by TSC are not in good faith.
He took issue with Education Cabinet secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi, saying it was time the government replaced him. Hailing MPs attempts to impeach Kaimenyi, Sossion said the CS is running the docket like a personal kiosk. Bett said President Uhuru Kenyatta should move with speed and replace the CS for the sake of education in the country. He said as Jubilee MPs, they have written a petition to President Uhuru seeking his replacement.
Elsewhere, Knut has vowed to ensure Kaimenyi is kicked out of office. The union’s assistant secretary Hesborn Otieno and Bungoma branch executive secretary Kenneth Ngangah said the CS survived the ouster motion by MPs last week, but will not survive the teachers wrath if he fails to implement the recent court order.
They said Kaimenyi has less than 20 days to raise teachers salary and as directed by the industrial court failure to which the union will force him out of office.