Current officials of the Kenya National Union of teachers (KNUT) branch in Trans Nzoia have overseen a growth in membership since assuming office last year after winning the elections.
The officials who will oversee the annual General meeting on Saturday at the ASK showground in Kitale have attributed the growth to an aggressive recruitment drive after most members deserted the union.
“We had a low number in terms of registration but we have now increased the number of members. We urge more teachers in Trans Nzoia to join us so that we can fight for their welfare,” said the executive secretary George Simiyu.
Mr. Simiyu said the office had made other tremendous strides in fighting for the welfare of teachers including better working terms in their stations of work.
“We have even solved disputes pitying our members and their head teachers. We have refurbished our buses to serve members during social events and to generate revenue through hiring of the buses,” he said.
The branch chairman Wilberfoce Wamalwa said the union’s national office has developed a new bargaining strategy with the government unlike in the former office which had great animosity with the government.
“We are greatful to our head office for restoring cordial working relations with the government which has seen the union perform well in negotiating for the welfare of teachers,” said Mr.
The union’s woman representative Patricia Melisa rallied more teachers to join the outfit saying it is hard to fight for the interests of non-members.
“The union has greater plans for its members. There are teachers who have been looking upon us to lobby for their welfare yet they are not members. We urge you to formally join us by filling the blue forms,’ said Ms Melisa.
The AGM which will be graced by guests from the national office will also offer leaders in the region a chance to address the gathering.