Teachers cry foul over KUPPET deductions As KNUT, KUSNET Is Barred From Collecting Member Fees.
A section of secondary school teachers in Kilifi county affiliated to the Kenya union Of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) are protesting the illegal deductions from their salaries by the union.
The teachers point an accusing finger at KUPPET, the Kilifi branch for starting a burial and benevolent fund without consulting members. The teachers now say the membership in the scheme is voluntary as they seek clarity from the union on the exact amount that should be deducted.
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They said they have noted disparities in the deductions. This comes barely days after the Ministry of Labour barred the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) from collecting member fees from teachers.
This is despite the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) being authorized to do so. A legal notice filed by Labour Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelungui reveals that KUPPET will continue collecting a monthly fee of Sh300 from its members every month.
KNUT rubbished the missed privilege claiming that it would be resolved soon. The former giant union says that some pending issues are being addressed with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Labour Ministry.
“Our legal notice regarding union dues is coming over and there should be no cause for alarm,” KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu stated. The Labour Relations Act, states that TSC shall remit to KUPPET the amount of money deducted from its employees and affiliation to the union done within ten days.
KUPPET had been advantaged by the bad relationship between KNUT and the state that saw a number of teachers defecting from KNUT.
KNUT has about 15,000 members a major decrease from 184, 471 as KUPPET and KUSNET, a recently formed union commands a membership of 109, 000 and 8,000 respectively.
KUSNET which caters for teachers teaching in special schools has also not been authorised to collect fees from its employees. Unionless teachers will however be deducted an agency fee.
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