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Court orders striking teachers to resume work

The Labour Court has ordered striking teachers to resume work with immediate effect.

Justice Nelson Abuodha ordered the teachers unions to suspend the strike for 90 days in order to allow for proper negotiations with the government to resolve the pay stalemate.

The judge also declined to declare the strike illegal, arguing that Kenyan National Union of Teachers (Knut) and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) were right to call the strike.

The judge directed the Teachers Service Commission and the two unions to appoint a committee to look at the ways of implementing the 50-60 per cent pay rise.

“The TSC is also stopped from victimizing union members such as salary deductions for periods they were on strike,” said Mr Justice Abuodha.

Either party us at liberty to declare a trade dispute if the negotiation fail.

The case will be mentioned on Monday after parties have digested the implications of the judgement.