Sadtu defends meeting times

2010-03-09 00:00

THE SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has defended teachers’ rights to time off for union meetings, as stipulated in the Labour Relations and the Employment of Educators acts.

This is after KZN Democratic Alliance Education spokesman Tom Stokes slammed the union for calling teachers away from school in order to attend a meeting at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall yesterday.

The union’s provincial secretary-general, Mbuyiseni Mathonsi, said members of teacher unions are entitled to eight hours a year in school hours for union business. “It is something we fought for. Why should we hold meetings at night?

“… We are making use of the time we are entitled to,” said Mathonsi.

The regulations state that teachers must give reasonable notice of their request to attend a union meeting, which regional secretary Willy Naidoo says was observed.

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