KNUT’s Response On Teachers’ Salaries Deductions KNUT’s Response On Teachers’ Salaries Deductions. Collins Oyuu, the secretary-general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), is asking the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) for clarity over the unexpected decrease in teachers’ pay in July 2023 rather than the anticipated pay increase provided by the government.
Oyuu claimed that SRC had broken President Ruto’s vow to guarantee teachers a wage hike of between 7 and 10 percent beginning July 1st, 2023.
The new adjustments were implemented by the commission with no prior notification or justification, which surprised and alarmed KNUT Secretary General.
“A strike is the final shot. We need to know why the opposite occurred. In the open, the president stated that there will be a 7–10% hike. What the president promised cannot be changed by the SRC, he said.
“We are dealing with the problem. SRC cannot claim that they are still organizing or that the review isn’t complete. They haven’t been working, right?
Oyuu persisted in his opinion that the president’s announcement needed to be followed.
“We haven’t moved yet, but we will react strongly and demand that the president’s words be upheld. We are not contented.
Since the country’s teachers have begun contributing to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), there has been some uncertainty regarding the adjustments that have been made to their pay stubs.
According to NSSF rates, teachers earning below Ksh10,000 will contribute an amount ranging from Ksh360 to Ksh1,200, while those earning above Ksh10,000 will have a maximum contribution limit of Ksh2,160.
The government approved a 7 to 10% pay increase for teachers and other public employees on June 30, 2023, to take effect on July 1. At the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), the president stated that it was important to protect civil servants from the challenging economic climate.
KNUT’s Response On Teachers’ Salaries Deductions
“I am aware that the SRC has proposed raising the pay for many cadres of public employees, including government officials.
Therefore, we have decided that from tomorrow, the pay of our teachers, police officers, military personnel, and government employees will be increased by 7 to 10%, stated Ruto during the unveiling of the new e-citizen platform.