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Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) signed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) – 26th October 2016

BACKGROUND

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

ProductUnit of measure
July 17
December 17
July 18
% change
Tomatoes1kg86.4594.52122.0441
Kerosene1L63.5571.4285.0522.8
Petrol1L98.00105.04109.6711.9
Charcoal4kg81.61138.1369.25
Maize flour2kg106.77110.10116.298.91
Sukumawiki1kg42.1743.6757.8737.23
Electricity50kwh576.07649.73695.9720.81

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.

2. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

7. 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.

10. COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL COVER

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

11. 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.
  1. Special schools allowance terminated without consultation should be reinstated.
  1. Annual increment for teachers seems not clear. Not all teachers have been given the same.
  1. 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 KwaleNakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret, Kericho, Kakamega, Embu, Garissa, BungomaOther 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 pointCURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCEPROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
1600027,325
2600028,792
3600030,335
4600031,956
5600032,988
6600034,955
7600036,280
8600037,654
9600039,081
10600040,562
11600042,099
12600043,694

GRADE C3

Salary Scale pointCURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCEPROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
16,00033,908
26,00034,570
36,00035,167
46,00035,837
56,00036,536
66,00037,087
76,00037,867
86,00038,677
96,00039,532
106,00041,417
116,00043,391
126,00045,463
1136,00047,624
146,00049,912

GRADE C4

Salary Scale pointCURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCEPROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
16,00035,927
26,00037,495
36,00039,136
46,00040,849
56,00042,642
66,00045,463
76,00047,624
86,00049,912
96,00051,632

GRADE C5

Salary Scale pointCURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCEPROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
16,00040,849
26,00041,417
36,00042,642
46,00043,391
56,00045,463
66,00047,624
76,00049,912
86,00051,931
96,00055,644
106,00058,069
116,00060,613

GRADE D1

Salary Scale pointCURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCEPROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
110,00066,177
210,00068,905
310,00071,746
410,00077,840
510,00080,242

GRADE D2

Salary Scale pointCURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCEPROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
110,00071,565
210,00077,840
310,00085,269

GRADE D3

Salary Scale pointCURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCEPROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
110,00077,840
210,00080,242
310,00082,717
410,00090,612

GRADE D4

Salary Scale pointCURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCEPROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
110,00099,730
210,000102,807
310,000104,644
410,000107,873
510,000111,201
610,000114,632

GRADE D5

Salary Scale pointCURRENT LEAVE ALLOWANCEPROPOSED LEAVE ALLOWANCE
110,000111,201
210,000114,632
310,000118,169
410,000121,814
510,000125,573
610,000129,528
710,000131,380
810,000141,891
910,000148,360
1010,000152,937

RISK ALLOWANCE

GRADE C2

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
15,465
25,758
36,067
46,391
56,598
66,991
77,256
87,531
97,816
108,112
118,420
128,739

GRADE C3

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
16,782
26,914
37,033
47,167
57,307
67,417
77,573
87,735
97,906
108,283
118,678
129,093
1139,525
149,982

GRADE C4

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
17,185
27,499
37,827
48,170
58,528
69,093
79,525
89,982
910,326

GRADE C5

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
18,170
28,283
38,528
48,678
59,093
69,525
79,982
810,386
911,129
1011,614
1112,123

GRADE D1

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
113,235
213,781
314,349
415,568
516,048

GRADE D2

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
114,313
215,568
317,054

GRADE D3

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
115,568
216,048
316,543
418,122

GRADE D4

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
119,946
220,561
320,929
421,575
522,240
622,926

GRADE D5

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED RISK ALLOWANCE
122,240
222,926
323,634
424,363
525,115
625,906
726,276
828,378
929,672
1030,587

TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE

GRADE C2

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
15,465
25,758
36,067
46,391
56,598
66,991
77,256
87,531
97,816
108,112
118,420
128,739

GRADE C3

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
16,782
26,914
37,033
47,167
57,307
67,417
77,573
87,735
97,906
108,283
118,678
129,093
1139,525
149,982

GRADE C4

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
17,185
27,499
37,827
48,170
58,528
69,093
79,525
89,982
910,326

GRADE C5

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
18,170
28,283
38,528
48,678
59,093
69,525
79,982
810,386
911,129
1011,614
1112,123

GRADE D1

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
113,235
213,781
314,349
415,568
516,048

GRADE D2

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
114,313
215,568
317,054

GRADE D3

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
115,568
216,048
316,543
418,122

GRADE D4

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
119,94699,730
220,561
320,929
421,575
522,240
622,926

GRADE D5

Salary Scale pointPROPOSED TOWNSHIP ALLOWANCE
122,240
222,926
323,634
424,363
525,115
625,906
726,276
828,378
929,672
1030,587

COMMUTER ALLOWANCE

JOB GROUPKSH PER MONTH
Current Rates50% increment from the current
C25,000                                     7,500
C36,000                                     9,000
C48,000                                   12,000
C58,000                                   12,000
D112,000                                   18,000
D212,000                                   18,000
D314,000                                   21,000
D414,000                                   21,000
D516,000                                   24,000

OVERTIME ALLOWANCE

GRADEOVERTIME PAYOVERTIME 2HRS
PER HOURAVERAGE
C25001,000
C36001,200
C47001,400
C58001,600
D19001,800
D21,0002,000
D31,1002,200
D41,2002,400
D51,3002,600

HOUSE ALLOWANCE

JOB GROUPKSH PER MONTH
Proposed rates (Nairobi rates)Current Rates
C216,5007,500
C328,00013,000
C428,00013,000
C535,00015,400
D145,00016,800
D245,00016,800
D345,00016,800
D445,00016,800
D550,00020,000
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