Teachers OSD payments to be paid next week

2010-01-08 10:03

Teachers awaiting their Occupation Specific Payment (OSD) will be

paid early next week, the basic education department said on Friday.

“A supplementary run for the payment of outstanding recognition of

experience for educators will occur over the weekend,” said spokesperson

Granville Whittle in a statement.

He said this effectively meant that the teachers could have the OSD

- a system of salary progression - money in their bank accounts by


If there were any discrepancies, teachers should contact the

provincial education department’s human resource unit.

In October last year, government apparently told unions it had

found part of the money required to honour an agreement it signed with teachers

on OSD.

The SA Democratic Teachers Union said while the agreement was

signed last year, an addendum was added to allow the government to come up with

the cash.

Sadtu president Thobile Ntola said the agreement bound teachers and

the education department to a general salary adjustment of between 10 and 13%

for the financial year, backdated to July 1.

Ntola said the government had told unions it had come up with just

more than R2 billion to implement the deal.

A proposal was also put forward at the time on how the money should

be used. It would be sufficient to deal with two of four clauses in the

agreement, increments for teachers with experience and for senior and master


One of the outstanding aspects was salary progression. The

government assured the union last year that it would come up with the balance of

the funds.

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