Sadtu threatens to disrupt matric trial exams

2013-08-30 10:15

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) members in KwaZulu-Natal are set to disrupt Monday’s matric trial examinations with a work-to-rule action in demand that the provincial head of department be fired over a longstanding failure to implement wage increases and other benefits.

Sadtu provincial secretary Mjabuliseni Mathonsi told City Press this morning that 60 000 Sadtu members including teachers, administrative staff and security officials would participate "indefinitely" in the industrial action, which starts Monday.

He said Sadtu demands included that money owed to members since 2009 in refunds for pay deducted illegally during strikes be paid. Unpaid salary upgrades and allowances had not been paid despite binding agreements which the head of department, Dr Mkosi Sishi, had failed to implement, he said.

Clerks and security officers who had been due an upgrade from Level 1 to Level 3 had been victimised, as had their colleagues who were meant to have been upgraded from Level 4 to Level 7 in 2009.

"We are also demanding that the department fill the 800 posts that have been vacant since 2009. As a result of them not being filled, our members who are inspectors are having to deal with three circuits instead of one; there is a massive shortage of subject advisors in key subjects like maths, science, accounting and economics. There is a shortage of equipment at district and even head office level as this department has been allowed to collapse by Sishi,’’ he said.

He said the action would see members working 7.30am to 2pm only, with "mass mobilisation" taking place at the same time.

"This will disrupt examinations but we are being left with no option. We hope that the department comes to its senses."

Mathonsi said they wanted MEC Senzo Mchunu to suspend Sishi and chief financial officer Dr Hlengiwe Mncuma over the "crisis" in the department.

Education spokesperson Muntu Lukhozi was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.

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