Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Homa Bay branch have threatened to down their tools should the government proceed with its plans of deducting 3% of their salary to support affordable housing scheme.
While addressing the press in Homa Bay, the union branch Secretary General Stephen Yogo said the government already has 56% deductions from their salaries which is already making the cost of living high.
“The cost of living is very high and a good number of us are struggling to put food on the table. We also have loans that we are servicing and children to take to school,” said Yogo.
“We will not allow the government to make any additional deductions from our salary,” he furthered.
Yogo further revealed that they are already enduring untold suffering and would not tolerate the deductions.
The government has made a lot of deductions and we have been quiet. Now we say enough is enough. But should the government dare us, we shall call for a nationwide demonstrationJack Okoth
The branch Chairman Jack Okoth while warning of a strike dismissed the proposed bill saying that they were not consulted.
” There was no public participation in the proposed bill. Our priority as teachers is not affordable housing but how to put food on the table for our families,” he said.
“The government has made a lot of deductions and we have been quiet. Now we say enough is enough. But should the government dare us, we shall call for a nationwide demonstration,” he added.
For 7 years we haven’t had a salary increment. The government should therefore be talking about the salary increment and not deductionsTom Oketch
Okoth said they had written to the clerk of the National Assembly together with the area MP’s asking them not to pass the bill but seek for alternative sources of revenue instead.
Kenya Union of Civil Servants secretary Tom Oketch urged the government to check at the salaries and increase them instead of making deductions.
“For 7 years we haven’t had a salary increment. The government should therefore be talking about the salary increment and not deductions,” he said.