Perceived relationship between satisfaction with trade union representation and job satisfaction among public secondary school Teachers in Molo sub county
The objective of the study was to determine the perceived relationship between satisfaction with the trade union representation and job satisfaction among public secondary schools in Molo Sub County. The study adopted descriptive survey design. The population of the study consisted of all public secondary schools in Molo Sub County. The sample of 96 respondents was selected using random stratified sampling. The data was collected using self administered questionnaires. Data was analyzed using statistical package for social sciences and the findings presented in mean and standard deviations. Linear regression technique was used to establish the strength of the relationship between satisfaction with trade union representation and job satisfaction. The study found out that the teachers felt that trade union did not adequately help in addressing the challenges faced by teachers in their working environment. The teachers were dissatisfied with how the union presented in legal matters in the course of their duties, job security and victimization. They also felt that the unions did not provide avenues to address grievances adequately and they were dissatisfied with the trade unions provision of access to information and thus the teachers felt that the union fee payable every month was not commensurate to the services provided to them. A majority was dissatisfied with the rewards received in comparison with what they do; also the pay was seen not to match with the level of education. They further disagreed on being happy with recognition and rewards for their outstanding work and contributions. Teachers were found to be uncertain on satisfaction with time taken for paid vacation or sick offs, work load, whether they had enough equipment and working space. However, the respondents agreed that they were satisfied and able to maintain a healthy balance between work and family life and the work relations among colleagues being good. Teachers were dissatisfied with promotions on the basis of ability, policies followed and how regular they were. The research reveal that there is a positive and significant relationship between trade union representation and job satisfaction indicators such as rewards, working conditions, career advancement, supervision and management style and work tasks. This is means that an increase in proper trade union representation of teachers would significantly increase or improve the overall job satisfaction of the teachers.