Sadtu denies discussing strike action

2014-09-02 00:00

TEACHER unions have denied they are considering strike action as they raise concerns over salaries.

Mugwena Maluleke, general secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), said they had no plans to strike during the matric trial examinations or the matric exam itself.

Maluleke said he had just emerged from a Sadtu executive committee meeting and that no strike action had been discussed.

“In fact we have just issued a statement wishing pupils well in the matric exams,” he said.

However, he added Sadtu was still unhappy that all public servants with the exception of teachers were awarded an extra 0,5% salary increase.

The union has been in dispute with the Basic Education dDepartment since 2009 over teacher pay progression, which grows annually at one percent, as opposed to the 1,5% norm in the rest of the public service.

Maluleke said the dispute had been “dragging on” and that the disparity needed “to be resolved urgently”.

Neil Grobler, KwaZulu-Natal media spokesperson for the South African Teachers’ Union (SAOU), said he was unaware of any strike plans.

He said that SAOU had planned a peaceful march in support of education in Pretoria on International Teachers’ Day on October 5.

Grobler is attending the SAOU School Principal Symposium in Port Elizabeth and said that as far as he was aware “there had been no discussion on salaries”.

Brent Simons, Public Administration and Service Department spokesperson, said the department was not in a position to “pre-empt” salary negotiations.

“We have also not received the demands of any unions operating within the public service,” Simons said.

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