On June 29, 2021, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) met with officials of all the three recognised trade unions representing teachers in the public sector to kick-start negotiations for the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
The three unions are: The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET).
At the first meeting held here at the Safari Park hotel, TSC tabled its offer on the CBA.
Although the unions’ proposals included financial components, the Commission beseeched the parties to factor in the advice of the Salaries Remuneration Commission (SRC) that directed a freeze in salary reviews in the public sector for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 financial years.
The Commission also considered the current economic situation obtaining in the country and the persistent COVID-19 pandemic, which has immensely affected the world of work.
During the negotiations, our social partners did not agree with the fact that remunerative components would remain as currently contained in the teaching service.
Keen to ensure industrial harmony within the sector, the TSC invited the unions to a second meeting today to scale up the negotiations and agree on a new CBA that will succeed the 2017-2021 CBA which expired on June 30, 2021.
After frank, sincere and open discussions today, we are happy to announce that both parties have reached a deal.
The Commission has, therefore, today 13th July, 2021, signed a new CBA with the three recognized teacher unions to cover the period 2021 to 2025.
The TSC wishes to thank officials of the trade unions for embracing dialogue and professionalism in the spirited fight for the rights of their members, who are indeed our employees.
We also appreciate both parties for taking into account the current economic situation in the country and the effects of the persistent Covid-19 pandemic.
The TSC wishes to thank all the three unions for hitting yet another milestone in the teaching service.
The unions have demonstrate restraint, commitment and sacrifice during negotiations, especially in the middle of very harsh economic times in our country.
We salute all our teachers for being committed to serve, toil and shine for the betterment of our children education.
We thank you and honour your daily sacrifices. As your employer, we want to assure you that we shall work round the clock to continuously improve your terms and conditions of service in the best way possible.
The TSC will continue to provide a conducive environment for all the 330,671 teachers to effectively discharge and excel in their duties.
As part of the Commission’s efforts to recognise exemplary teachers, we have this month rolled out an exercise to capture data of all those staff who excel in various spheres of work with a view to rewarding them accordingly as would be decided from time to time.
These areas would include excellence in national examinations, sport, theatre, institutional management, innovation, research, and advocacy, among others.
May God Bless teachers of Kenya