Wages of public sector workers will be reviewed regularly after Parliament struck down a directive that prohibited wage negotiations after four years.
Parliament scrapped three circulars from the Wage and Remuneration Commission (SRC) circulars limiting the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for workers in public service to a four-year cycle.
The lawmakers said the circulars are unconstitutional as they violate the rights of workers to engage in collective bargaining with employers as per the provisions of Article 41(5) of the Constitution.
The Article stipulates that “every trade union, employer’s organization and employer shall have the right to engage in collective bargaining”. of the Constitution,” the MPs said in a report.
This meant that workers would be free to negotiate new wage increases through unions, which the commission had stalled. The SRC in June halted the salary hikes of all civil servants for two years starting July, reducing their chances of better luck amid tough economic times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The suspension affected the basic pay, allowances and benefits of all government employees, causing unions to threaten to stage the “mother of all strikes”.
The Treasury is struggling to raise revenue to drive the public wage bill, which consumes more than half of taxes, constraining spending on development projects.
The teachers union and teacher employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), reached an agreement that led to the signing of the non-monetary CBA. “We are pleased to announce that all parties have reached an agreement.
We have signed a new CBA 2021-2025, but there is room to strengthen it in the future,” said TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia.
The deal was signed by Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary It was signed by Education Teachers. (KUPPET) and the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET) and its binding on all teachers under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) deal of 2021-2025, which started on 1 July 2021.
TSC will transfer couples to schools near each other (if both are teachers) subject to availability of vacancies.
Teachers will also have 45 days for those who want to adopt children, while dry and semi – Arid allowance of teachers (ASAL) will be reviewed.
Misori said the new deal limits teachers’ benefits from 2017 and said the CBA’s content should be reviewed as it moves forward.
We have a small window to reform the CBA and we will see that as we review it,” said Akello Missori, general secretary of KUPPET . The CBA, which runs from July 2021 to July 2025, gives teachers 120 and 21 days of maternity leave to female and male teachers, respectively.
However TSC said the signed non-monetary CBA is not final and it will call back teacher unions to review benefits for teachers. Deals already behind There are rumors of teachers unions signing a deal leading to changes in teachers’ salaries.