The process in which a negotiation is done between a certain group employees and employers with an aim of signing control agreement of employment, benefits, terms and conditions, wages et.c and purposely in compensating the workers’ rights is termed as Collective Bargaining process.
This Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is an agreement written and signed between a Trade union and the Employer which in return results very important negotiations process for all the involved stakeholders.
Strengthening of the Collective Bargaining Agreement terms(CBA) is the major reasonas to why the collective agreement is carried out.
After the two parties involved in the collective bargaining process come to an agreement and signing is done, the Agreements agreed on are all submitted to the Labor relation court and Employment for registration purposes.
On 25th October 2016, the Teacher Services Commission (TSC), the teachers and trade unions signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement(CBA) that could last for four years(4). This agreement was later effected on 1st July 2017 meaning it would run upto 30th June 2021.
The main reasons as to why teachers, trade unions and TSC had the collective bargaining was to;
- Have an agreement that would work on the Terms and Conditions and also benefits of the teachers employment.
This year 2021 after the announcement of the 2021-2022 budget, the Salaries and Renumeration Commission brought to an halt the increment of salaries for all the public servants with teachers included for a period three(3) years upto 2024.
The SRC commission outlined the main reason as to why it arrived on the same decision by highlighting that ; since the outbreak of Covid19 virus in the country, the economy has been affected adversely in a negative manner. Through this, the new CBA that was slated to be start on 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2025 could not be tabled for negotiations and implementations.
The court said that SRC didn’t have any power of making any adjustments in a collective bargaining agreement(CBA) of the government workers or issue new ways in which the workers should be paid. On addition this SRC commission has no mandate of involving unions in wage negotiations of the public servants.
It is so bad and against the law that the Salaries and Renumeration Commission(SRC) prevented the increment of salaries of other public servants in which other servanthad already got their increments.
Since the out break of covid19 virus, most of the public servants have been suffering upto an extent of struggling to survive due to the high cost of living in the current state. Covid19 is not the main reason as to why the economy is struggling but due to the high levels of corruption cases.
Unions have been planning better foundations in wage negotiations since 2019 for their workers in the 2021-2025 CBA but was brought to a sudden halt by the government hence working against the power of unions who represents the workers.
The economy growthof the country in this year is expected to grow at a good percentage of up to 6.6% hence this won’t affect negatively the government in income generation. , therefore a very serious mistake can be made by freezing Salaries for public servants for three years.