The meeting held on Tuesday, June 29 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi ended with a standoff between the teachers unions and its employer after both parties could not agree to terms stipulated. The offer proposed by TSC did not include any monetary gains – which KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori alleged to be among their major grievances.
The negotiations between the unions and TSC seemed to be going well until an issue arose that was completely unexpected. The commission had been using the Covid-19 pandemic as grounds for denying teachers’ salary increments which caused a standoff with both sides in recent talks.
Nancy Macharia announced the commencement of negotiations on Friday, August 17th with KNUT at a press conference after Wilson Sossion resigned. The announcement was made just after he had exited his position as Secretary-General for KNUT due to constant frustrations caused by TSC and not tending to teachers’ woes in Kenya.
“There is currently no new CBA for teachers. They will, therefore, miss their salary increment and promotions,” Sossion stated in a past interview.
During his final speech as KNUT boss, Sossion urged the government to look into the plight of teachers.
“I bow out of KNUT as the Secretary-General. I shall remain loyal to KNUT and will always be available to advise and support the leadership of the union.
“As I exit, I hope the government will support teachers. I am making this appeal. I trust that the government will find it necessary to allow the union money to flow to the teachers,” he stated.