Payslip and Retirement News
Payslip and Retirement News. The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) both advocate for the establishment of a separate entity to deal with teacher disciplinary matters.
The Union asserts that the hearing and decision-making processes for disciplinary complaints are tough and drawn out.
On February 21, representatives of KUPPET and KNUT spoke before the Education Committee, urging the National Parliament to study and amend the Teachers Service Act in order to incorporate their suggestions.
Teachers want an independent disciplinary body to serve as a tribunal because they are never alone when it comes to disciplinary and dismissal issues, according to KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu.
The unions also claimed that many teachers had complained about the Salary and Remuneration Commission (SRC) not allowing dialogue during pay negotiations.
SRC “brought in a circular two weeks before the start of discussions, and that circular stripped all power from the employer,” said KUPPET SG Akello Misori.
“At one point, we were informed that due to our moral character, we were persona non grata. The leader of KUPPET, Omboko Milemba, says, “And we bring a lot of opposition.
The committee asserted that the issues teachers were alleging to be experiencing were caused by the unions’ voluntary commitment to a non-financial collective bargaining agreement for the years 2021–2025.
“Teachers suffer so many challenges, but they are perceived as the face of unions, to the extent where some even feel that it is better to not be a union member,” claims Phylis Jepkemoi.
The unions have also asked the National Parliament to change the Pension Act so that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and not the National Treasury would be in charge of the retired teachers.
Oyuu questions why the same clients’ retirements aren’t taken care of if TSC’s obligations include the hiring and payment of teachers.
In the plan of paying out the money to retired teachers, TSC had already filed pensions with the Ministry of Treasury and Planning.
On February 3, in accordance with the TSC Circular, all retirees evaluated their eligibility for the pension scheme.