KNUT denies walking out of meeting, issues 14-day strike notice

The Kenya Union of Teachers (KNUT) has denied walking out of their Naivasha retreat with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) as alleged.

The union through its top leadership has instead accused the commission of lying after been cornered and failing to resolve various grievances raised against them.

To this end, the union has given TSC up to 14 days to address all their grievances failure to which teacher will go on strike as earlier planned.

The teachers are demanding an immediate stop to delocalization of teachers, promotion of over 30,000 teachers and an immediate stop to the ongoing performance appraisal among others.

Addressing the press in Panorama hotel in Naivasha, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion denied that they had walked out of the meeting as alleged by TSC.

Instead, Sossion noted that it was the TSC commissioners who called for more time to review the demands by teachers afresh.

“We have been shocked by the TSC statement as its full of lies and we are giving them 14 days to address the teachers grievances or they shall face the consequences,” he said.

Flanked by senior union officials, Sossion said that they would not stand down on their demands which include the cancellation of transfers of several union officials.

“TSC has knowingly and silently transferred 110 union officials from different parts of the country with a view of weakening KNUT but we shall not be cowed,” he said.

On delocalization, Sossion accused TSC of ignoring the directive by the head of state to suspend the exercise noting that this was going on and had affected family units and morale of teachers.

“We want to tell Kenyans that the commission has failed terribly in addressing this issue and is should be held responsible if teachers decided to take the next move,” he said.

The unionist accused TSC of applying diversionary tactics to evade discussing issues of teachers’ promotions which had formed the core part of the Naivasha retreat.

“By failing to promote teachers as enshrined in the code of regulations, the employer is denying teachers Sh6.6B annually and we shall not stop until our demands are addressed,” he said.

On his part, KNUT national chairman Wycliffe Omuchei tore at the leadership of TSC for misleading the country over the Naivasha meeting.

He said that their patience was running out with TSC shifting goals and issuing contradicting statements over the pending teachers grievances.

“The TSC has blatantly ignored a directive by President Uhuru to stop delocalization of teachers and this sums up of the conduct the commissioners were are working with,” he said.