Nominated Orange Democratic Movement Member of Parliament Wilson Sossion will continue holding his plum position at the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) as Secretary General. This was agreed on yesterday after the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, and other interest parties agreed to retain him and end a protracted court Battle.
Further, the case was marked as “withdrawn” and respondents, including TSC and registrar of Trade Unions agreed to pay Sossion Ksh.100,000 as cost.
This comes after a majority vote in the KNUT National Executive Committee in May voted 22 against 2 members to suspend Sossion.
The council further appointed his deputy, Hesbon Otieno to take over in an acting capacity.
Acting Secretary General Hesbon Otieno and acting Chairman Wycliffe Omucheyi had maintained their stand insisting they would not allow Sossion to serve in the Union citing his nomination to Parliament as the main reason.
The nominated Member of Parliament however got a court order which retained him in capacity as the union Secretary General.
Sossion now will continue serving both the union and interest of teachers in parliament as a nominated. This is good news for teachers as they look forward to negotiations between the TSC and KNUT on a number of issues including the contentious Appraisal system and promotions.
Both the Kenya National Union of Teachers, Knut, and the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, are set for a conciliation meeting to take place between September 30 and October 5 to iron out contentious labour relations disputes, among them the implementation of Teacher Performance and Appraisal Development (TPAD) and Performance Contracts (PC) tools.
Knut has rejected the tools, arguing that the kits had affected the productivity of teachers and the performance of learners.