Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has announced that teachers might be forced to resume a nationwide strike in January. 

Speaking on Sunday, Sossion stated that as schools reopen on January 4, teachers might down their tools over a payment dispute with the Teachers Service Commission.

According to Sossion, TSC has not disbursed teachers' contribution to the giant union. 

The nominated lawmaker noted that they had shelved plans to organize a strike, but they had run out of patience. 

"When we don't get salaries and our resources to work, the only thing we can think about is war, and we are bringing it over to you (TSC). We have no problem with the government; we have isolated the employer.

"We have been persuaded by key leaders in this country to refrain ourselves from organizing our members for a strike, but where it has reached, we cannot contain the pressure from our members," said Sossion.

Following the coronavirus break, Education CS George Magoha announced a new school calendar starting from January 4. 

Sossion stated TSC had denied member promotions despite qualifying. 

"We signed a CBA, we have a certificate, but the employer decides unilaterally to blacklist and suspend the CBA and deny our members promotion. The narrative that TSC is selling to the government is wrong. The only medicine TSC understands is a strike. If that is what they want, we shall have no option but to organize for it. Forget about doctors; ours will be the mother of all strikes," he said. 

His sentiments come as TSC is seeking about $18 billion to hire an additional 12,000 teachers in readiness for the January opening.