KZN strike teachers get money back
Durban - All KwaZulu-Natal teachers whose salaries were docked after the 2010 public strike could get their money back as early as next week, a senior official said on Thursday.
"We will do that because we want to comply with the court order," education department head Nkosinathi Sishi told Sapa in Durban.
The Supreme Court of Appeal recently ruled in favour of National Teachers' Union (Natu) members who objected to their salaries being docked after the public servants' strike in 2010.
The court ruled that the manner in which salaries were docked was not according to procedure, and ordered the department to repay the teachers.
The department would have to reimburse all teachers who got pay deductions, not only Natu members. The department however intended starting the docking process afresh soon after complying with the court order.
"We will deduct it after having followed the procedure. We'll tell teachers what we will do before were do it. They will be properly notified. We will follow the correct process," said Sishi.
According to the statement released by the KwaZulu-Natal executive council in September last year, the department had deducted (in total) R144 728 621 from 80 782 employees.
When the statement was released, the government had already docked R160m from public servants from different departments who took part in the strike.
Natu took the KwaZulu-Natal education department to court last year over the docking of the salaries of 27 000 of its members, arguing they had not taken part in the strike.
The Durban Labour Court last year ruled in favour of the teachers. The department appealed the decision. Natu wants the department to repay R23m plus interest to the teachers.
The department appealed against the decision. Natu wants the department to repay R23bn plus interest to the teachers.
SA Democratic Teachers’ Union provincial secretary, Mbuyiseni Mathonsi, said his union had already notified the department of its intention to challenge the docking of salaries in court.
"The department is doing what it is doing now because we have notified them of our intention to go to court on the basis of the procedure that was followed when salaries were docked."