The Kenyan National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has instructed its members not to obey the court order to go back to work today, which sees the start of the fifth week of their determined strike for pay justice. Speaking to reporters this morning, General Secretary Wilson Sossion, said that the union was consulting with lawyers about the court order, but is intending to continue striking as long as the employers' side are still appealing the repeated court judgements which have consistently found in favour of the teachers. As Sossion put it, 'we don't want another strike in January.'

President Uhuru Kenyatta had intervened in the dispute to say that the country cannot afford to pay teachers: 'We have to start looking at some of these demands against the economic reality. To pay more, we must be able to make more first'. This is the same tired old argument which is being used by governments around the world - and just as in Greece, in the UK, Australia and the US, it is always public services which suffer and low income people who are further impoverished while the rich get steadily richer. In Kenya it has been calculated that $6 billion is lost every year through tax evasion by multinational corporations. So foreign shareholders and financiers and local elites are enriching themselves while those on low incomes, including the country's teachers, continue to suffer.

Kenyan teachers have got huge support for their strike. Leading politicians have expressed support for the strikers as have sections of the press and leaders of other unions. Ironically the Teachers Service Commission, which is itself in breach of the law, is attempting to get the strike declared illegal - yet another tactic used by many governments as they try to repress resistance to austerity policies.

Teachers all over the world support the Kenyan teachers in their fight for pay justice as they take on a government which is determined to maintain its own privileges and those of its corporate friends at the same time as paying lip service to education, while it attacks the very people who are doing their best to provide it against all the odds: the teachers of Kenya.