By Amunga Peter
The last week has been a busy one for Wilson Sossion days after he quit KNUT. When he left KNUT, Sossion made it clear, that he will be available for consultations and advise to Kenyans and the new officials at the union.
And indeed his voice, image and ideas have been trending in all media outlets. He is on the headlines in the Nation newspaper, headlines the Standard, a common figure on NTV, KTN NEWS, K24, SWITCH etc.
This phenomenon will continue because Sossion is coming out as an independent mind that speaks candidly about education matters in Kenya. Unions used to do that. But with death and compromise of KNUT OFFICIALS it means media I can only go for independent minds like that of Sossion.
Sossion who writes a weekly feature in the standard is this morning on Citizen radio speaking about need for strong trade unions.
Sossion says that contrary to the much hyped reduction of membership to KNUT, the union has been under savage attack from the national government since we went on the mother of all strike in 2015.
Sossion says Trade unions take action when the government refuses to listen and negotiate. Having competitions between owner of capital and workers is a common thing.
Truth is that there is a strategy by govt to immobilize trade unions so that there are no strikes any more. We have seen the new KNUT SG Collins Oyuu going public that KNUT will never go on strike under his watch. He says he will only negotiate with employer. That is proof enough that KNUT is slowly being turned from a trade union to some kind of association like KEPSHA. A 🟡 union whose job is to cut deals with the employer.
What teachers should expect from a dead union like KNUT is tea and Sambusa parties between officials and the employer, but the aspect of agitation and advocacy has been taken away.
That is the reason, media houses and KENYANS will want to listen from independent and free education advocates like Wilson Sossion rather than to union leaders who have been compromised. The best Oyuu can do is to sing praise and worship to TSC and Education minister. It is time for independent civil rights movement in education to rise up in Kenya to fill the void.