KZN fails

2018-05-10 06:00

THE National Teachers’ Union (Natu) has raised concerns after the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education failed to pay 6 000 Grade R teachers their salaries for April.

Allen Thompson, Natu’s spokesperson, said the union had met with MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane last week to raise concerns about the Grade R teachers who had not received salary increases since 2016.

He said the MEC had given his word that the salaries of all Grade R teachers would be increased by R1 250 and that they would get back pay for the previous 13 months.

“Little did we know that the worst was yet to come, they didn’t even get a cent [in April]. These teachers have been overlooked and undermined,” said Thompson.

The department’s spokesperson, Kwazi Mthethwa, said the matter was being resolved. “Work is being done to sort out the delay in payment,” he said. Mthethwa was unable to explain why the teachers were not paid or notified about the salary payment delay this month. Natu has started mobilising all teachers, particularly the Grade R teachers, parents and the public to picket outside the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature on Thursday where the MEC will be delivering his budget speech.

“Our protest action will intensify until the department pays every cent to these deserving and hardworking teachers,” said Thompson.

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