Withdrawal Of Recognition Agreement

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The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is ending its 51-year-old agreement with the Kenya National Union of Teachers, citing decreasing membership.

The TSC chief executive, Dr Nancy Macharia, has written to the 60-year-old union notifying it of intention to “withdraw the recognition agreement” in two months.

She said that Knut cannot be recognized as a union since it does not have the majority of teachers employed by the TSC in its register.

The notice to withdraw the agreement is a severe growth of the wars between the TSC and Knut mostly fought through courts and street protests by teachers.

Late last week TSC terminated Knut secretary-general Wilson Sossion's contract as a teacher, blocking him from teaching in any school whether public or private.

According to the Labour Act, recognition of a union by the TSC is dependent on it having 50 per cent plus one of all the teachers in the commission’s register.

The union has suffered a huge turnover since the beginning of the year after the TSC stopped implementing the 2017-2021 CBA after a court ordered that terms of employment be based on the schemes of service and not career progression guidelines (CPG) as TSC had wanted.

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Timothy Omondi