Sadtu go-slow ‘illegal’

2013-04-09 15:14

A go-slow by the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is illegal, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has said.

MP Annette Lovemore said teachers were obliged under the Employment of Educators Act and their conditions of service to work outside their seven hours a day of teaching.

“Refusing to work more than seven hours a day is tantamount to declaring the withholding of labour, and thus constitutes the declaration of a strike,” Lovemore said in a statement today.

Comment could not immediately be obtained from Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleka.

Earlier in the day, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga bemoaned the union’s insistence on her resignation.

“The minister ... is disappointed at the utterances made by the leadership of Sadtu that she must resign,” her spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said in a statement.

Sadtu embarked on a go slow today, when pupils returned from the Easter holidays.

The union said Motshekga and her director general Bobby Soobrayan had, among other things, failed to honour a collective agreement for an increase in the remuneration of markers of national examinations.

Lesufi disputed the claims, quoting a flawed collective agreement entered into on April 7 2011, to improve the salaries of national exam markers.

He said the union had not cooperated in the process of rectifying the agreement.

The matter was due before the High Court in Pretoria in August.

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