Teachers and other civil servants will not get a salary increment for at least two years. This is following a decision by Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to stop any review of salaries for civil servants for the next two years.
“There will be no review of the basic salary structures, allowances and benefits paid in the public sector in the financial year 2021/22 – 2022/23,” said Lyn Mengich, the SRC chairperson at a briefing yesterday.
This has dealt a big blow to teachers who were already warming up for the implementation of their Collective Bargain Agreement CBA which have over the years been implemented in phases.
Already teachers have disputed the decision saying that it is invalid. “The only relevant Kenyan figures in the release indicate that our economy is projected to grow by 6.6 per cent in 2021. Moreover, the commission is purporting to block all salary reviews when as a matter of fact some cadres in the civil service have been accorded salary and allowance increments in the current financial year,” said Akelo Misori, secretary general Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet).
On the other hand Kenya National Union of Teachers Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion has said the government was provoking teachers to strike.
“SRC recommended Sh. 33 billion for teachers starting next July and that is what stands,” Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion said. “Freezing salaries is very provocative and one that was likely to cause unrest in the labour sector.”
The move by SRC will see the government save at least Ksh.82 Billion.
The SRC chair Lyn Mengich announced the freeze, highlighting the gravity of the country’s rapidly deteriorating cash-flow situation that is marked by near-stagnant revenues and worsening debt service obligations.
The Commission revealed that the decision to suspend implementation of the third pay review cycle was made due to hard economic times caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Civil servants last got a pay rise years 5 ago and have used juicy allowances to enlarge their take-home pay. However, the commission has also announced plans to curb the allowance perks.
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