Strikers want school to close

2010-09-02 00:00

STRIKING teachers congregated at Voortrekker High School yesterday hoping to convince management to close the school in support of the public servant strike.

According to police, strikers swooped on the school at around 11 am where about 30 vehicles had collected outside the Voortrekker gates.

Strikers, police and school management held talks and the strikers allegedly gave the school an ultimatum to close today in solidarity with a planned widespread shutdown.

Yesterday unions were still awaiting a decision from their members whether to reject government’s latest offer of a 7,5% salary increase and R800 in housing allowance.

While police confirmed that the strike was peaceful with no incidents reported, they said parents were called to fetch their children early after the disruptions.

A senior manager at the school told The Witness yesterday the management did not close the school and they don’t plan to.

“We can’t close down. Out teachers are using their democratic right to work. They have not been mandated by their unions to strike … the strikers were peaceful …

“It is sad that the strike is going on with exams around the corner. What is sad is that the learners are coming up as second best. They are the biggest losers,” said the manager.

Parents at Clarendon Primary School in the same area received an SMS informing them to collect their children at 2 pm. “Due to intimidation, all sport has been cancelled for the day,” said a parent reading the SMS out to The Witness.

A school secretary said the principal was not available for callers and initially denied claims that the school had closed because of intimidation, but when The Witness called again for the principal, she said the SMS had been sent as a precautionary measure.

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