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How the CBA with the TSC affects teachers’ pay slips

How the CBA with the TSC affects teachers’ pay slips

A deal between their unions and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will result in better pay for teachers by the end of the week.

The agreement, which was signed on August 28 at the Kenya School of Government, provides for a 7 to 9.5% raise to be disbursed over two years, retroactive to July 1, 2023. Despite the respite this deal provides, unions vow to continue fighting for their original objectives, such as increased basic salary and housing allowances for rural educators, whose allowances are now in line with Cluster 3.

Around 87 percent of instructors work in rural regions in Cluster 4, therefore these adjustments will mostly help them. The basic pay for the lowest-paid teachers (Job Grade B5) would increase from Sh21,756 to Sh23,830. They will also receive a housing allowance of Sh3,850.

They will still receive their commuting and leave benefits, which is significant. Teachers have been told that the introduction of the new wage structure will be retroactive to July 1, 2023 by TSC CEO Nancy Macharia and TSC Chairperson Jamleck Muturi John. The new salary structure will go into effect as soon as the August payroll is processed.

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers, and other unions participated in discussions and consultations that led to the agreement. This accord received approval from unions, in contrast to a previous pay request by TSC that was turned down.

Also see: TSC Announces Teachers’ Payday Following Increment Agreement

Collins Oyuu, the general secretary of Knut, expressed concern about the effects of inflation and increasing taxes, and the agreement is important in addressing these issues. The present arrangement ensures a 10% raise, down from Knut’s initial demand for a 60% increase.

Oyuu expressed gratitude for this success and stated the union would keep pursuing the remaining 50% raise.

Akello Misori, General Secretary of Kuppet, echoed Oyuu’s sentiments when he said that the 2021–2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was the subject of numerous negotiations. The parties decided to establish joint technical committees to address outstanding issues, such as the impact of the 2016-2017 CBA and career progression rules. The parties are attempting to achieve favorable outcomes for educators despite previous challenges brought on by the pandemic.

In conclusion, teachers’ pay will rise as a result of a deal reached between teachers’ unions and the TSC, with backdated hikes ranging from 7 to 9.5%. This arrangement relieves teachers, especially those in rural regions, as the unions continue to push for their initial demands.

The agreement covers concerns about pay, benefits, and professional advancement, and joint technical committees will take up any lingering issues.

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