COTU (Kenya) Secretary General Atwoli asks Teachers' not to Defy Court Order to Suspend Strike.
The Employment and Labour Relations Court ordered teachers’ to suspend ongoing strike for 90 days to give room for negotiations and return to class immediately.
Justice Nelson Abuodha directed the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) not to victimize teachers who participated in the strike and ordered that they be paid their September salaries and allowances. Abuoadha said the ruling was in the interest of children in public schools. He further ordered TSC to appoint an arbiter within 30 days to ensure that the 50—60 per cent pay rise is effected.
At the same time, The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU-K), Secretary General Bro. Francis Atwoli said the court ruling that suspended the teachers’ strike for 90 days was fair and begged tutors not to defy the order.
Bro. Atwoli faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta for travelling to New York, USA, before solving many issues affecting the country. “It means the President is not a serious person. Solve your problems first before going away. Some of us are willing to give free advice,” said Atwoli.
The Secretary General was at Sabatia Constituency where he presided over a fund drive in aid of a multi purpose church building at Vokoli village.