Union goes to court over docked teachers’ salaries

2011-09-06 09:03

The legal battle between the National Teachers’ Union (Natu) and the KwaZulu-Natal education department over docked salaries is expected to be finalised this week, the union said today.

“We are going back to the Durban Labour Court on Thursday for a final order,” said Natu acting general secretary Allan Thompson.

The union wants the department to pay back R23 million plus interest to 27 000 teachers whose salaries were docked by the department after the public servants’ strike last year.

The KwaZulu-Natal government last week announced it had docked R160 million from public servants who went on strike last year. The “no work, no pay” principle was applied by government and deductions were made.

Thompson said the union had been able to prove that their members were not part of the strike. He said the labour court had earlier ordered the department to stop docking salaries from the teachers.

“We noticed that some salaries were docked even after the order was granted. We are now going to court for the final order.”

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