MEC Ina Cronjé must go — Sadtu

2008-04-04 00:00

We’ll talk, but Education MEC Ina Cronjé must still go.

That’s the stand that leaders of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) have taken after deciding to put the brakes on their campaign to disrupt services in the Education Department.

This was their plan in protest to what they consider the “illegal” docking of teachers’ salaries, but they still want Cronjé to leave her post before the end of the year.

This follows what the union’s regional-secretary, Sandile Zondi, referred to as the department’s offer to open fresh negotiations.

The union announced its five-pronged strategy in a heated meeting held in Pietermaritzburg about three weeks ago, where plans to physically remove the department’s top officials, conduct rolling mass action and occupy managers’ chairs and offices to disrupt services were top of the agenda.

Yesterday, The Witness reported on the department’s decision to extend the deduction period from four to six months to reduce payment amounts.

Sadtu secretary Sandile Zondi said the department tabled this new offer to try meet their demands and believes decisions derived at the above mentioned meeting, is what led to the department’s change of tune.

“As the progressive union we are, we have decided to hold on with our action until we have resolved on the new offer.

“We have indicated in no uncertain terms that we are only putting our action on hold, but have every intention to follow up on it should these new negotiations fail,” he said yesterday.

However, he said the union’s intention to get rid of Cronjé, along with her superintendent-general, still holds.

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