Salaries: Unpaid ABET teachers to halt marking

2011-11-23 00:00

DISGRUNTLED uMgungundlovu district Adult Basic Education teachers have warned the provincial Education Department that they will bring the examination marking process to a halt if they are not paid what they are owed.

The teachers blame the department for not honouring the agreement for their salary to be increased from July. A circular approved by the head of the department, D. Nkosinathi Sishi, shows teacher’s per hour tariffs were meant to be adjusted annually in accordance with the Cost of Living General Salary adjustment. The salary adjustment has not been paid to the teachers since 2007.

“We intend on mobilising members in the district and protesting at marking centres until the department delivers on its promise,” said a district member who preferred to remain unnamed.

The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union’s provincial secretary, Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said they are willing to support their members on any action they deem fit to rectify the situation.

Although the Education Department would not clarify the cause of the payment delay, spokesperson Mbali Thusi said the department is currently working on modalities on how best to implement the increment.

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