Union: we did not order teachers back

2010-09-06 00:00

DESPITE rumours of an SMS circulating that orders teachers to return to their schools this morning, local leaders of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) say as far as they are concerned, they will remain on strike until they hear differently from their national counterparts.

Unions yesterday called off a media conference at which they were expected to announce whether the strike will continue, after consulting members at the weekend.

Sadtu members apparently have been receiving SMSes, purportedly from union heads in the province, telling them to be in their schools this morning to report for duty.

However, Willy Naidoo, the regional secretary for the midlands branch, said he has no knowledge of the SMS.

“We are currently awaiting the announcement on where the strike stands from national. But as we understand it, the strike is continuing until we are advised otherwise.”

The KZN Midlands Christian Council has been among those who condemn the poor discipline of strikers.

The council wrote to the midlands branch of Sadtu on Friday voicing these concerns.

“If members of your union would like to continue with strike action, then it is their own choice to do so. However, we request that your members respect the rights of those educators who choose not to strike,” wrote the chairperson, Pastor Leslie Chetty.


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