Judge rules in favour of teachers in docked pay case

2011-09-27 14:33

KwaZulu-Natal’s acting judge president, Chiman Patel, has ruled in favour of teachers who objected to the docking of their salaries after the public servants’ strike last year.

“We have just received the news that the judge has rejected a petition from the department of education,” National Teachers’ Union (Natu) acting general secretary Allen Thompson said today.

Natu took the KwaZulu-Natal education department to court earlier this year over the docking of the salaries of 27 000 teachers who had not participated in the strike.

The Durban Labour Court’s Judge Siqaliso Cele made an interim order that the department stop docking salaries.

The department’s appeal was dismissed with costs.

The department recently approached Patel to review Durban Labour Court and Labour Appeals Court judgments, claiming that the labour court finding was unfair and that another court would rule in its favour.

Three judges were appointed to deliberate on the merits of the department’s petition and advise Patel.

Cele was supposed to make the interim order final earlier this month, but this was put on hold pending the outcome of the petition to Patel.

“We are happy that the judge has rejected their petition and we will now request an urgent hearing of this matter,” said Thompson.

He said his union wanted the department to pay back R23 million, plus interest, to the teachers.

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