110 Knut branches suffer cash crunch as TSC fails to deduct union dues for the second month

110 Knut branches suffer cash crunch as TSC fails to deduct union dues for the second month

Activities at the 110 branches of the Kenya National Union of Teachers countrywide have ground to a halt following the decision by Teachers Service Commission not to deduct agency dues from members’ pay.

The development comes even as Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion says he is not at war with the government.

A number of branch officials say the situation is dire as the union has not paid secretaries, office assistants, clerks, guards and other workers for two months.

Branch annual general meetings have been suspended indefinitely due to the crisis.

The officials add that banks and other financial institutions want their loans paid.

Knut receives Sh140 million every month from TSC as union dues.

Mr Sossion admitted that the union is in a financial hole.

“We have not received funds for two months and we appeal to TSC to remit the cash,” he said.

Last week, the Employment and Labour Relations Court ordered TSC to remit the money to the giant union.

In January, the commission was ordered to give Knut the agency fee but it declined and instead settled the fee for the rival Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet).

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