Don’t heed call to strike, Sadtu leader urges

2009-10-30 00:00

THE SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in KZN has threatened to disrupt exams should the agreed payments for the Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) not be paid by the end of the month.

However, their president at the nationa­l office has advised all Sadtu members not to give the Education Department a reason to deduct money by embarking on an unprotected strike.

Provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi was quoted in newspapers as saying they will not hesitate to “stop the writing of the exams completely” if the KZN department does not tell them when the money will be paid.

The Witness has a letter Mathonsi sent to Sadtu members on Wednesday, in which he writes: “We have learnt through the grapevine that the OSD monies have not been paid and that they are likely not to be … paid … by 31 October 2009”.

Mathonsi refused to speak to The Witness, but according to a Sowetan report yesterday, the anger over OSD non-payments was sparked by a letter from the KZN department informing teachers that the OSD payment would be delayed for administrative reasons.

Sadtu president Thobile Ntola told The Witness the OSD payments have been moved to November.

“I want to assure all Sadtu members that the money is there … The system was overloaded because of the increment payments. I’m asking for people to be patient. I’m their president and they can take my word for it. They will be paid retrospectively, but they must be at work.”

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