Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A tale of two Salary Negotiations

Who is the winner in the teachers salary saga? Has the govt won or has KUPPET or the teachers. First things first, am a great crusader of better remunerations for teachers. The development of any nation, culture or creed depends entirely on its teaching fraternity and so teachers to me are the most important people. Further, I believe in teachers since they made me what I am and believed in me at a time when few could.

In this matter, I think both KUPPET which represents post primary school teachers and KNUT which represents all teachers have won. I have a feeling that its our good govt which did not do their homework well.

For one, KUPPET is not a rival of KNUT but a subset of the latter this is because the two don't represent the same interests. So by choosing to finally recognize and register KUPPET, the minister did not make any gains against KNUT. Secondly, KUPPET could have accepted the deal just to get the much sort after registration,(they have waited 10 years!) after which they may come back for battle royale!

Am persuaded that if KNUT stays put as far as the strike is concerned, our govt which only understands the language of force will have to play ball.

And now comes the confusing part. Now that KUPPET signed the deal, what happens to teachers who are not members? does it mean they will not benefit from the pay rise, will the govt base its payroll on teacher Unions and not on experience, training and place of work? Will it mean, if you join KUPPET you get a raise? What happens when you quit the union after that?

What will happen to teachers who are members of both KNUT and KUPPET? will they or will they not get the raise? and since the raise was meant for all teachers, how will they determine who goes on strike and doesn't get the raise?

and on other matters making headlines further a flied, Have you ever noticed that every general election in Kenya is often closely followed by a mega scandal? my hypothesis: The money is meant to payoff sponsors of the expensive campaigns. Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could!


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