Kenyan teachers on strike

This video from Kenya is called Unions Insist Teachers Strike is On.

Over 240,000 teachers launched open-ended strike action in Kenya today to press the government to recruit more educators to ease classroom overcrowding: here.

SOME 5,600 teachers at the Coast vowed not to step into the classroom for third term until the government finds an amicable solution to their demands: here.

More than 100 people have been killed, and scores horribly burned in Kenya, after a leaking fuel pipeline exploded Monday morning in a Nairobi slum: here.

3 thoughts on “Kenyan teachers on strike

  1. Kenyan teachers strike goes ahead

    The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) went ahead with its proposed strike over the government’s refusal to proceed with its previous proposal to hire thousands of new teachers for the new school year.

    Originally the government said the money set aside for hiring the extra teachers had been re-allocated to the ministry of defence. The union is now accusing Kenyan MPs of hijacking the money, funnelling it to the Kenya Revenue Authority to pay taxes owed by MPs.

    KNUT has said if the government does not fund the extra teachers, it will mount further protests and issue a call for the government to call an election.

    Kenya shoe company workers strike

    Around 250 workers at Foot Plus, an outsourcing company making shoes for the Bata Shoe Company in Limuru, refused to enter the factory on Monday. Instead they surrounded the building and called on the managers to come out and discuss with them.

    Their grievance is over low piece-rate work. One worker explained to reporters, “I have now worked for this company for the past six years and we have never been given a basic salary. All they do is pay us in terms of piece rate and we are now tired of just working for nothing.”

    Zambian construction workers strike

    Over 1,000 construction workers employed by China Nonferrous Metals Mining Corporation, constructing the Muliashi copper mine, went on strike Monday. They were demanding a paid lunch allowance rather than the poor food offered by company, along with proper transport to the workplace rather than the current practice of carrying the men in open trucks.

    On Tuesday the company issued an ultimatum saying the men must return to work or face being sacked.

    Ugandan teachers strike

    Teachers in the Uganda National Teachers Union are striking in support of a 100 percent pay increase. Some teachers did not return to work when the new term started this month.

    The government threatened teachers who did not return with firings, but in spite of the government threats many schools did not open or were not fully staffed.

    Nigerian journalists in Lagos strike over minimum wage

    Journalists, members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Lagos State, began a three-day strike on Monday over non-implementation of the national minimum wage of N18,000. They picketed television and radio premises.

    After intervention by the state minister of information and the heads of the radio and television services, the union leadership tried to call the strike off. But an emergency meeting of the striking journalists voted to continue the strike.


  2. Teachers head back to class after strike

    KENYA: Over 200,000 teachers agreed to end a week-long strike today after the government pledged tackle overcrowded classrooms.

    The Kenya National Union of Teachers members walked out last Tuesday, demanding 28,000 more permanent jobs.

    Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta promised on Friday that 18,000 teachers currently on temporary contracts will be made permanent and 5,000 extra teachers will be hired in January.


  3. Almost 300,000 teachers strike

    KENYA: Nearly 280,000 teachers are staying away from work to demand long-overdue pay raises, paralysing resumption of classes after holidays.

    National Union of Teachers chairman Wilson Sossion said today that its 240,000 members did not report to work, responding to a call to strike by the union.

    And Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers secretary-general AKelo Misori said its 38,000 members had not shown up for work on Monday.


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