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KNUT maintains strike is still on after talks hit a snag



KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion (FILE)


Who will blink first? This is the question that seeks answers after the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) vowed to go ahead with their planned teachers strike following a stalemate between the teachers’ union and a conciliatory committee established to resolve the stalemate.

The conciliation team is burning the midnight oil to avert the looming teachers’ strike that coincides with the opening of schools in January.

The two sides met Saturday afternoon for over four hours but did not reach a deal. The union officials emerged from the talks unconvinced, adamant that the strike will proceed unless their strike notice demands are addressed.

The giant teachers union is accusing the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) of back-tracking on its earlier agreement over the teachers’ demands terming the conciliation process an act of bad faith.

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The union has in the meantime threatened to snub the Monday conciliation meeting between it, the conciliation team and TSC if the demands that include recalling of teachers transfers circular and promotions are not among issues on the table.

The committee led by employee relations expert Charles Maranga an employee relations expert is expected to meet  TSC  on Monday 31st December to hear its side of the story over the strike threats before holding a joint reconciliation meeting in the afternoon at the Labour ministry to deliberate on Teacher’s promotions and transfers among other issues.

Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani in a statement called on KNUT  to give a chance to a conciliation committee that he has appointed to look into their contentious issues ahead of the announced countrywide teachers strike next week.

The special team was appointed to assist in solving the impasse and file a report within 30 days.


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