Government’s Final Response To Teachers July Salary Increment. The government has revealed the fate of more than 360,000 teachers on the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) payroll, who are expecting pay raises in July.
Teachers are eagerly awaiting revisions to the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for 2021-2025, which, although signed with the committee, do not stipulate any economic benefits.
Dr. TSC CEO Nancy Macharia testified before Parliament last month that the commission would need 56 billion shillings over the next four years from July 2023 to raise teacher salaries from job group B5 to D5.
Following the Salary and remuneration commission advice, the board negotiated a non-monetary CBA for 2021-2025 with the Teachers’ Union. He said it was decided to revise the CBA in the middle of this year when the country’s economic situation improves. Julius Melly served as chairman of the National Assembly’s Education and Research Committee.
She said the commission needs a wage increase of 14 billion shillings a year to keep Teachers motivated to work.
The Commission wants to review the 2021-2025 CBA with a focus on the compensation portion to inspire educators working on the Commission. We are therefore asking the government to help the Commission get 14 billion shillings annually over four years to cover these costs.
Government’s Final Response To Teachers July Salary Increment
TSC had begun talks with teachers’ union Knut and Kuppet about revising the non-monetary collective bargaining agreement.
In negotiations, Knut requested a 60% pay rise, while Kuppett asked for a 42% pay rise in July.
But as President William Ruto recently revealed, things may not go according to plan. Mr. Ruto rejected an offer to raise teachers’ salaries, saying he could not afford to pay them at the moment. The president made the statement after meeting with Knut and Kuppet officials in state house
Mr. Ruto argued that the current economic situation prevented the government from forcing wage increases. But he promised that he would reconsider teacher salaries once the economy picked up.
The president met with teachers’ unions to gain support for the controversial 3% housing tax.