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KENYA UNION OF POST PRIMARY EDUCATION TEACHERS

UNION DEMANDS

KUPPET requests members to read the document and give their inputs.

BACKGROUND

  • Introduction

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement on 26th October 2016 which was later registered in the Employment and Labour Relations Court on 30th November 2016. The CBA was an agreement to regularize the industrial relations between the employer and KUPPET as well as for the interest of mutual understanding and co-operation. The CBA reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining a collaborative relationship aimed at realizing quality teaching service.

  • Analysis of the Cost of Living in Kenya

According to surveys released by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Consumer Price Indices (CPI) has continued to increase over the last 2 years. Consumer Price Index is a measure that examines the weighted average of prices of a basket of consumer goods and services such as transportation, food and medical care. It is calculated by taking price changes of each item in the predetermined basket of goods and averaging them. It reports inflation and deflation tendencies in the economy.

In July 2016, the CPI was 170.84 and inflation rate was 6.39. The CPI has increased to 191.59 and inflation rate is 4.35 in 2018. This is an economic indicator that prices of goods and services have increased over time affecting the remuneration and allowances for workers. The GDP has also increased on average 1.33 per cent since 2015 indicating an increase of 1.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2018.

For example, the average price of fuel in 2016 was sh98 per litre compared to the current sh112. This affects the commuter allowance as fares have risen from sh50 to sh 100 in most parts of the country.

The table below shows the average price changes for household consumption goods and services over the last 2 years.

Product Unit of measure  

July 17

December 17  

July 18

% change
Tomatoes 1kg 86.45 94.52 122.04 41
Kerosene 1L 63.55 71.42 85.05 22.8
Petrol 1L 98.00 105.04 109.67 11.9
Charcoal 4kg 81.61 138.13 69.25
Maize flour 2kg 106.77 110.10 116.29 8.91
Sukumawiki 1kg 42.17 43.67 57.87 37.23
Electricity 50kwh 576.07 649.73 695.97 20.81

 

Source: KNBS CPI July 2017, December 2017 and July 2018

The cost of living has increased rapidly over the last two years affecting the purchasing power of household goods and services. The transport cost has increased beyond the commuter allowance negotiated due to increase of fuel and general overall transport cost.

The Union demands that the following issues may be considered for negotiations to cushion teachers in their delivery of services.

PROPOSALS OF NEW ALLOWANCES

1.COMMUTER ALLOWANCE

The Union demands that commuter allowance be increased by 150% of the current rate. Commuter allowance shall be paid as per Appendix.

  1. LEAVE ALLOWANCE

The Union demands that leave allowance be paid based on one’s basic pay i.e. an equivalent of one month’s basic pay for all cadres.

3.HOUSE ALLOWANCE

The Union demands that House allowance be harmonized across all regions.i.e Teachers in Grade C2 should enjoy the same house allowance whether in Nairobi or Marsabit and this should be in all grades.

  1. TOWNSHIP HARDSHIP ALLOWANCE

While teachers enjoy equal house allowance across all regions, the Union proposes the introduction of township allowance. Teachers in urban areas experience challenges of high cost of living and expensive urban transport and this makes no difference with a teacher in a hardship area. We propose a town allowance of 30% of basic salary be paid to teachers in major cities or county headquarters. 

  1. HARDSHIP ALLOWANCE

Hardship allowance shall be payable to teachers assigned duties in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas. However, the areas declared as hardship needs to be reviewed because there are other emerging issues like terrorism, cattle rustling etc.

  1. RISK ALLOWANCE

Risk allowance shall be payable to all Science teachers due to exposure to chemicals and other substances. The Union demands that Risk allowance be paid at a rate of 20% of the basic salary as per appendix.

  1. ACCOMODATION ALLOWANCE

Teachers are assigned duties outside the work station. In the civil service, there are guidelines stipulating the allowance for every cadre. The Union has proposed development of clear guidelines on the payment of accommodation allowance (per diem) as well as the amount as shown in the appendix.

  1. POST GRADUATE SCHEME OF SERVICE

The teaching service has no scheme of service for teachers who have attained a Masters and Doctorate degrees. Instead, the employer awards three increments to the holders of such qualifications. The proposed scheme seeks to allow TSC recruit teachers possessing post-graduate qualifications at entry level. The Union demands that Post graduate scheme of service be developed and be eligible to all teachers holding a Master’s and Doctorate degree. The said teachers shall be paid an allowance equivalent to 40% of the basic salary.

8.CAREER PROGRESSION

Parties agreed that career progression in the teaching service shall be as provided under Part VI of the Code of Regulations for Teachers. However, KUPPET demands that the Commission in performance of its obligation under this agreement ensures that every teacher under its employment is facilitated to undergo professional development.

9.OVERTIME ALLOWANCE

KUPPET demands that working hours for all teachers be 8 hours per day i.e. 8.00 am. to 5.00 p.m. with one hour lunch break for five days i.e. 40 hours per week – Monday to Friday. Further, the Union proposes that any extra hours worked be compensated as an overtime as teachers in boarding sections are overworked and no monetary compensation are done. The overtime allowance schedule is attached as per Appendix.

  1. COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL COVER

We propose that medical allowance be increased by 100% to enable the employer improve health benefits with insurance underwriters.

 

  1. TEACHERS’ SALARY INCREMENT

The 2016 basic salary increment be varied to align the increment with challenges of inflation.

OTHER ISSUES

  1. The marking scheme for employment of Diploma teachers is discriminating and unfair to diploma teachers. We propose it be reviewed so that they are given same marks as graduates.
  2. Special schools allowance terminated without consultation should be reinstated.
  3. Annual increment for teachers seems not clear. Not all teachers have been given the same.
  4. There should exist common cadre grades to show job group progression as before the CBA 26th October, 2016.
ACCOMODATION ALLOWANCE (PER DIEM)
Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu Kilifi, Naivasha, Lamu and Kwale Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret, Kericho, Kakamega, Embu, Garissa, Bungoma Other areas
C2

 

 

6,000

 

4,000

 

3,000

 

C3

 

6,500

 

4,500

 

3,500

 

C4

 

6,500

 

4,500

 

3,500

 

C5

 

8,000

 

6,000

 

4,000

 

D1

 

8,000

 

6,000

 

4,000

 

D2

 

8,000

 

6,000

 

4,000

 

D3

 

10,000

 

7,500

 

5,000

 

D4

 

10,000

 

7,500

 

5,000

 

D5

 

LEAVE ALLOWANCE

GRADE C2

Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 6000 27,325

 

2 6000 28,792
3 6000 30,335
4 6000 31,956
5 6000 32,988
6 6000 34,955
7 6000 36,280
8 6000 37,654
9 6000 39,081
10 6000 40,562
11 6000 42,099
12 6000 43,694

 

GRADE C3

Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 6,000 33,908

 

2 6,000 34,570
3 6,000 35,167
4 6,000 35,837
5 6,000 36,536
6 6,000 37,087
7 6,000 37,867
8 6,000 38,677
9 6,000 39,532
10 6,000 41,417
11 6,000 43,391
12 6,000 45,463
113 6,000 47,624
14 6,000 49,912

 

 

GRADE C4

Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 6,000 35,927

 

2 6,000 37,495
3 6,000 39,136
4 6,000 40,849
5 6,000 42,642
6 6,000 45,463
7 6,000 47,624
8 6,000 49,912
9 6,000 51,632

 

GRADE C5

Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 6,000 40,849

 

2 6,000 41,417
3 6,000 42,642
4 6,000 43,391
5 6,000 45,463
6 6,000 47,624
7 6,000 49,912
8 6,000 51,931
9 6,000 55,644
10 6,000 58,069
11 6,000 60,613

 

GRADE D1

Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 10,000 66,177

 

2 10,000 68,905
3 10,000 71,746
4 10,000 77,840
5 10,000 80,242

 

GRADE D2

Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 10,000 71,565

 

2 10,000 77,840
3 10,000 85,269

 

GRADE D3

Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 10,000 77,840

 

2 10,000 80,242
3 10,000 82,717
4 10,000 90,612

GRADE D4

Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 10,000 99,730

 

2 10,000 102,807
3 10,000 104,644
4 10,000 107,873
5 10,000 111,201
6 10,000 114,632

 

GRADE D5

Salary Scale point CURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCE PROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1 10,000 111,201

 

2 10,000 114,632
3 10,000 118,169
4 10,000 121,814
5 10,000 125,573
6 10,000 129,528
7 10,000 131,380
8 10,000 141,891
9 10,000 148,360
10 10,000 152,937

 

RISK ALLOWANCE

GRADE C2

Salary Scale point PROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
1 5,465

 

2 5,758
3 6,067
4 6,391
5 6,598
6 6,991
7 7,256
8 7,531
9 7,816
10 8,112
11 8,420
12 8,739

 

GRADE C3

Salary Scale point PROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
1 6,782
2 6,914
3 7,033
4 7,167
5 7,307
6 7,417
7 7,573
8 7,735
9 7,906
10 8,283
11 8,678
12 9,093
113 9,525
14 9,982

 

GRADE C4

Salary Scale point PROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
1 7,185

 

2 7,499
3 7,827
4 8,170
5 8,528
6 9,093
7 9,525
8 9,982
9 10,326

 

GRADE C5

Salary Scale point PROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
1 8,170

 

2 8,283
3 8,528
4 8,678
5 9,093
6 9,525
7 9,982
8 10,386
9 11,129
10 11,614
11 12,123

 

GRADE D1

Salary Scale point PROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
1 13,235

 

2 13,781
3 14,349
4 15,568
5 16,048

 

GRADE D2

Salary Scale point PROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
1 14,313

 

2 15,568
3 17,054

 

GRADE D3

Salary Scale point PROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
1 15,568

 

2 16,048
3 16,543
4 18,122

 

GRADE D4

Salary Scale point PROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
1 19,946

 

2 20,561
3 20,929
4 21,575
5 22,240
6 22,926

 

GRADE D5

Salary Scale point PROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
1 22,240

 

2 22,926
3 23,634
4 24,363
5 25,115
6 25,906
7 26,276
8 28,378
9 29,672
10 30,587

 

TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE

GRADE C2

Salary Scale point PROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
1 5,465

 

2 5,758
3 6,067
4 6,391
5 6,598
6 6,991
7 7,256
8 7,531
9 7,816
10 8,112
11 8,420
12 8,739

 

GRADE C3

Salary Scale point PROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
1 6,782
2 6,914
3 7,033
4 7,167
5 7,307
6 7,417
7 7,573
8 7,735
9 7,906
10 8,283
11 8,678
12 9,093
113 9,525
14 9,982

 

GRADE C4

Salary Scale point PROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
1 7,185

 

2 7,499
3 7,827
4 8,170
5 8,528
6 9,093
7 9,525
8 9,982
9 10,326

 

GRADE C5

Salary Scale point PROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
1 8,170

 

2 8,283
3 8,528
4 8,678
5 9,093
6 9,525
7 9,982
8 10,386
9 11,129
10 11,614
11 12,123

 

GRADE D1

Salary Scale point PROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
1 13,235

 

2 13,781
3 14,349
4 15,568
5 16,048

 

GRADE D2

Salary Scale point PROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
1 14,313

 

2 15,568
3 17,054

GRADE D3

Salary Scale point PROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
1 15,568

 

2 16,048
3 16,543
4 18,122

 

GRADE D4

Salary Scale point PROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
1 19,94699,730

 

2 20,561
3 20,929
4 21,575
5 22,240
6 22,926

 

GRADE D5

Salary Scale point PROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
1 22,240

 

2 22,926
3 23,634
4 24,363
5 25,115
6 25,906
7 26,276
8 28,378
9 29,672
10 30,587

 

COMMUTER ALLOWANCE

  JOB GROUP KSH PER MONTH
Current Rates 50% increment from the current
C2 5,000                                      7,500  
C3 6,000                                      9,000  
C4 8,000                                    12,000  
C5 8,000                                    12,000  
D1 12,000                                    18,000  
D2 12,000                                    18,000  
D3 14,000                                    21,000  
D4 14,000                                    21,000  
D5 16,000                                    24,000  

 

OVERTIME ALLOWANCE

GRADE OVERTIME PAY OVERTIME 2HRS
  PER HOUR AVERAGE
C2 500 1,000
C3 600 1,200
C4 700 1,400
C5 800 1,600
D1 900 1,800
D2 1,000 2,000
D3 1,100 2,200
D4 1,200 2,400
D5 1,300 2,600

 

HOUSE ALLOWANCE

JOB GROUP  

KSH PER MONTH

  Proposed rates (Nairobi rates) Current Rates
C2 16,500 7,500  
C3 28,000 13,000
C4 28,000 13,000
C5 35,000 15,400
D1 45,000 16,800
D2 45,000 16,800
D3 45,000 16,800
D4 45,000 16,800
D5 50,000 20,000

 

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