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TSC wants 1968 agreement with Knut revoked, Knut no longer a recognized union

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BY PRUDENCE WANZA- The Teachers Service commission (TSC) wants KNUT to terminate an agreement signed in 1968 due to lack of the stipulated number of member as required TSC guidelines.

TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia, through a letter wants the agreement revoked in two months time.

Macharia says that the 51 year old agreement is no longer viable since Knut does not have the majority of teachers employed by TSC in its register and therefore cannot be recognized as a union.

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

According to a report by the daily nation, currently, the country has 318,000 teachers in both public and primary schools and therefore Knut needs to have at least 159,000 members.

The commissions latest register shows that Knut has only 115,000 members.

Lately, TSC and Knut have been engaging in various disagreements most of the time battling it out in court.

Just 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.

“The Teachers Service Commission has removed the name of the individual named herein (Wilson Sossion) from the register of teachers. Further under the law, the individual cannot engage in teaching in any school,” read the notice by TSC.

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Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion

Knuts executive council also wanted Sosssion out of office saying that he cannot be doing two jobs at the same time.

However the court nullified the move and reinstated Sossion as the Secretary General of the union.

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