‘We won’t take dismissals lying down’ — Sadtu

2009-04-30 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has dismissed 230 employees who continued to participate in the unprotected strike that has been going on for over a month.

But the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has vowed it won’t take the dismissals lying down.

The department yesterday said the process was put into effect after their administrative employees failed to heed the strong warning from MEC Ina Cronjé on Tuesday that the strike was illegal and all employees were expected to report to work at 8 am on Wednesday, or face dismissal.

Those employees who could not be at work were expected to make representations by midday on Wednesday as to why they were not at work.

Superintendent-general Cassius Lubisi said dismissal letters were being delivered to

supervisors yesterday.

“If the supervisors encounter difficulty in locating them we will send the letter to the employee’s physical address,” he said.

When The Witness contacted Sadtu spokesman KK Nkosi for comment last night, he said it was the first he was hearing of the dismissals.

He denied receiving the final ultimatum sent to all union leaders in the province advising about the

dismissals.

Nkosi also continues to deny ever receiving an interdict from the department.

“[Cronjé and Lubisi] acted in bad faith by never bringing up the issue of the strike being illegal in any of our meetings. They never hinted about the dismissal and I had to ask them on three occasions for the so-called interdict.

“This strike is over people’s lives. We called the strike and dismissal letters should have been sent to us. As a union, we will take responsibility for everything that happens to our people.”

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