Here Is Why TSC Has Not Yet Implemented 120 Days Maternity Leave
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) agreed on the new 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the three main teachers’ unions that included a pledge to give teachers a 120 days maternity leave.
However, teachers are yet to receive 120 days of maternity leave. Teachers are still stuck on 90 days of maternity leave.
Some teachers applied for the leave in the hope that they would get the full 120 days maternity leave but were turned back. The administrators instead asked the teachers to produce official documentation directing them to allow them to go for a 120 days maternity leave.
So why are teachers yet to enjoy the fruits of the signed CBA? One thing is clear, as all things in life are. It takes time for everything to happen and teachers should be patient and wait for the commission to implement all items agreed upon in the new CBA.
The Commission signed the CBA on the 13th of July 2021 with the main teachers’ unions signing the CBA being the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Kenya Union of Special Need Education Teachers (KUSNET) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET).
The CBA deal included many things which lightened the hearts of all teachers and gave them optimism for the future.
The maternity leave was added a further 30 days, taking the number of official maternity leave days to 120. Paternity leave on the other hand rose from 21 days to 14 days.
After the signing of the new CBA, the binding document was then deposited at the Labour and Relations court.
Teachers have been contributing their union dues while those who are not members of any union have seen an agency fee deducted from their salary.
In this regard, teachers working in special schools remit 1.45% of their salary, while those in primary and secondary schools see 2% and 1.8% deducted from their salaries.
Following the signing of the new CBA, KNUT’s wrangles with the Commission seem to have ended with 16,000 teachers belonging to the union and had missed out on the benefits of the two final phases of the previous CBA 2017-2021 have reason to smile as the union will now give them what they did not receive. The teachers will now get their dues from the final two phases of the previous CBA.
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