Unions unhappy with college placements

2016-12-08 06:01

A FEW weeks after Nehawu addressed its grievances with Esayidi Tvet College management and the Department of Higher Education and Technology about staff placements at the college, Sadtu feels there was a misunderstanding and a communication breakdown as Nehawu shifted all the blame on Sadtu.

Nehawu alleged that a college head of unit has not been appointed at Oslo Beach campus because of the candidate not being from Sadtu, however, Sadtu has denied this and said it is not true.

Sadtu site committee secretary, Athi-enkosi Mavukwana said Sadtu emailed management addressing the same issues.

The email read that Sadtu is also against “illegal appointments” and that proper procedures are to be followed.

“Our standpoint as Sadtu is that the maximum allowable acting period as per the Educational Labourers Relations Council, Personal Administrative Measures and Employment of Educators Act, is 12 months, after which an opportunity should be given to others who qualify for the same post for job enrichment purpose,” said Mavukwana

He said if the post remains “acting”, then an opportunity should be given to others to act.

“The are no provisions within any employment act that says someone who has been acting longer than 12 months is suddenly deemed permanent in that post, the post should first be advertised as permanent,” said Mavukwana.

He said on campus there are six candidates that meet the requirements to become the acting deputy campus manager and 10 who meet the minimum requirement for an HOU.

“The Act says in instances where there is more than one educator, who qualifies to act, the candidates must be subjected an interview process.

“It also says the college should endeavour to fill vacancies as soon as practically possible, so as to avoid long periods of acting,” he said.

The email also informed college management that if they appoint people without following procedure Sadtu will dispute.

More allegations have been reported about appointment issues at the college, however, management was contacted with this regard, but no comment was received at the time of press.

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