Bid to avert teachers’ strike

2014-03-11 00:00

THE South African Democratic Teachers’ Union and the Department of Basic Education are in urgent discussions to try and avert a national work-to-rule strike.

Sadtu’s national deputy secretary Nkosana Dolopi said the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) had invited the union and the department to meet and discuss the union’s grievances. They are currently busy with talks.

Meanwhile, the members of the Central Region of Gauteng declared that they were ready to go on strike over the 0,5% disparity on pay progression and all outstanding issues that have been ignored by the department.

They are irked by the one percent pay progression teachers get as opposed the 1,5% other public servants receive.

Dolopi said they are still busy mobilising some of their members while participating in the facilitation programme.

Not only are they fighting for the 0,5% pay progression, Dolopi said their grievances also deal with the conditions of Adult Education and Training and the Early Childhood Education teachers, promotional posts and all occupational specific dispensation matters.

They are also calling for a basic salary structure for teachers to be at R15 000.

Dolopi believes that it is not petty that they are demanding a mere 0,5% because to him this affects the teachers’ pension fund in the long run when they retire.

Commenting on the pay progression, Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said, “Even though the amount is small, the main issue is about narrowing the gap in salary notches. The matter has been dragging on for five years and the department has not shown a sense of urgency in resolving it. Teachers were the only ones receiving a one percent pay progression while other public servants receive 1,5%. The ELRC has called the parties to a facilitation process to try and resolve the 0,5% gap.”

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