The long-awaited salary rise for teachers and Civil Servants starting July 1st this year has turned out to be a pipe dream.
Teachers across the country and Civil Servants expected a salary increment but the huge wage bill the government is shouldering made it impossible for Treasury to approve.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed between civil Servants, through their unions and the government will now most likely fail to materialize.
The Treasury’s move comes at the backdrop of recently acquired Kshs253 billion loan from IMF that will help the government foot its day to day expenses.
Part of the agreement between the government and IMF was a look into the ballooning wage billl that has made the government’s recurrent expenditure a huge burden to manage.
As a result, the government committed itself in ensuring that it restrains itself hiring more human resource and giving more wage awards so that it can operate within its means.
A report from Treasury indicates that that only available cash is about Kshs8 billion from the total requested.
TSC is set to take paltry kshs2 billion which in the real sense not effect the proposed salary increments.