Karuti Nchebere, the Kuppet Meru branch executive secretary. He expressed teachers dissatisfaction following recent NSSF deductions of Sh 360 from their monthly pay. Photo. Mwenda Kinoti

Teachers have expressed dissatisfaction following recent National Social Security Fund (NSSF) deductions of Sh 360 from their monthly pay towards the scheme.

From the above situation, the teachers are piling pressure through Kuppet demanding explanation over the deductions.

According to Karuti Nchebere, the Meru branch executive secretary, the deductions have come at a time when the educators were expecting to receive their wages with the 7-10% increments that had been directed by the President.

“It came as a shock to us teachers because we can’t have two pension schemes. We are already contributing 7.5% of our salary towards Superannuation scheme. As a union, we are interrogating what is going on so that we take legal action” said Karuti.

New Collective Bargaining Agreement

He noted that they are in negotiations with the TSC with a view to signing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“We have already written to the TSC demanding for a meeting to be convened so that we conclude on the CBA matters, and also caution our teachers on the high cost of living” he said.

The Meru branch executive secretary added that, “In the CBA, we have issued our proposals among them 40-70% increment and other areas like subject allowances, enhancement of house allowance, township allowance among others that we want our employer to address”.

However he applauded the government move to ensure there is adequate staffing to tame the current shortage.

“The government is trying to address the understaffing issues as we expect about 55 000 new teachers to be recruited this week. In Meru, distribution was well done because last time we received 1120 teachers and we expect 560 in the incoming recruitment” he said.


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