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Kenya: KNUT Welcomes Move to Audit TSC Over Payroll



Teachers have welcomed the decision by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to carry out an audit to establish if their employer is running two payrolls.

In a letter to SRC chairperson Lynn Mengich, dated March 2, Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion insists that the TSC has been having two payrolls since July last year, which is against the advice of the SRC.

“It is in this regard that we urge you to swiftly step in, put to order the illegal payroll activities at the TSC and ensure that all payments to teachers are backdated to July 2019 and are integrated into the payroll of March 2020 since Parliament and the National Treasury have appropriated the funds in the 2019/2020 budget,” says Mr Sossion in the letter.

He adds that keeping two payrolls is an open provocation to Knut members who have been discriminated against to turn to industrial action.

Last month, SRC in a letter to the TSC said the matter raised by Knut could amount to non-compliance with its advice and asked for a meeting with TSC to establish the status of compliance.

To prove its case, Knut cited two press statements issued last year by former TSC head of communication Kamotho Kihumba, which indicated that the commission had two payrolls.

In July 2019, Mr Kihumba said: “The judgment of the labour court has necessitated the preparation of two parallel payrolls in order to comply with the court’s ruling without disadvantaging teachers who are not Knut members. In this regard, the payroll for teachers who are not Knut members has factored in implementation of phase three of the 2017-2021 CBA. Their payslips will therefore reflect the enhanced pay in line with their grades.”