Two teachers’ unions are divided on meeting with the Teachers Service Commission to discuss court orders that directed they be paid higher salaries.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) attended the meeting at TSC headquarters in Upper Hill, Nairobi, on Wednesday but the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) kept off.
“Kuppet was invited by TSC for a meeting this (Wednesday) morning at 8am which we have declined to attend,” union Secretary-General Akelo Misori said in a statement.
Kuppet officials said they did not see the need to attend the meeting as the court order is clear, and accused TSC of “engaging in tactics to delay the salary increase”.
After meeting the TSC, Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion asked the National Assembly to push the Treasury to release the money by midnight, August 31.
The TSC, on the other hand, urged teachers not to go on strike when schools reopen next week as negotiations over their salaries go on.
The teachers’ employer had invited the two unions for a meeting after the Supreme Court declined to stop the enforcement of a lower courts’ orders that required it to pay teachers a 50-60 per cent pay raise.
The teachers expect to be paid the higher salaries as the appeal filed by the TSC is heard by the Court of Appeal.
Treasury PS Kamau Thugge said the country should brace itself for tough options in raising the Sh17 billion required to pay teachers following the Supreme Court ruling.