The teachers service commission and the unions representing teachers have been in constant disagreements following signing of the new CBA 2021 to 2025.
The union’s had taken a step higher and served the commission with a 14-day strike notice if the demands of the teachers were not met. Teachers were going to down their tools if the employer TSC failed to listen to their demands.
However, following a series of meetings held between the teachers service commission and the various Union officials, an agreement was arrived at.
The two parties had to strike a balance between the offers presented by the teachers service commission and the demands laid by the teachers. The two parties finally agreed in the last meeting which was held at the safari park hotel in Nairobi and a new CBA was signed by Union officials.
In her address to the media, the teacher service commission CEO Dr Nancy Macharia said, ” we are happy to announce that all parties have reached a deal. We have signed a new CBA 2021-2025, but there is room for strengthening it in future.”
The collective bargaining agreement was signed by all the Union officials including bus from the Kenya National Union of teachers KNUT and KUPPET.
However, delocalised teachers have benefited more in the new CBA. This is because the teacher service commission in the new CBA has stated that it will transfer couples to schools near each other if they are teachers and it is subject to availability of vacancies. The delocalised teachers will no longer suffer from long distance relationships.
Maternity leave days have also been increased from 90 days to 120 Days and paternity leave from 14 days to 21 days.
Teachers working in hardship areas also have something to smile about for the CBA has stated that they will have their salaries and allowances reviewed upwards.
In the same CBA the commission said that it will capture details of teachers with the disabilities and teachers with various talents and skills and reward them for their exemplary work. Those with disabilities will have their house allowances increased.