Sadtu wants 10 000 KZN teachers fired

2012-02-07 21:01

Durban - The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu-Natal has called for the dismissal of 10 000 members of a rival union who conducted an illegal strike in 2010.

The National Teachers' Union (Natu) took the KwaZulu-Natal education department to court last year, after it docked the salaries of 27 000 teachers.

It claimed the teachers had not participated in the strike.

The Durban Labour Court ruled in favour of the teachers last year, and the Supreme Court of Appeal recently upheld that ruling.

However, Sadtu provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said on Tuesday that he had evidence that 10 000 Natu members participated in the strike.

"In August 2010, I was at the SABC on an education programme with Natu spokesperson Allen Thompson. We were both calling on our members to join the strike," Mathonsi said.

He said that as principals of schools, they knew Natu members were not at school during the strike.

"It [Natu] claims that it never served any notice for the strike action. The association could not serve notice because it's not an accredited union," he said.

Mathonsi alleged that Natu embarked on an unprotected strike and he called for its members to be dismissed as prescribed by the law.

Sadtu planned to strike in March if the department of education did not meet its demands, he said.

"We are going to fight for the reimbursement of our members and we are not going to waste money by going to court, but will go on strike," he said.

Mathonsi said the union was demanding, among other things, that the education department pay teaching assistants what they were owed, repay its members the money docked from their salaries before end of this week, and withdraw letters suggesting further deductions.

"We call for the department to pay rural allowances to all rural based teachers before February 15 2012.

"We call for the department of education as well as finance department to begin to pay for accommodation for all workers in rural areas," Mathonsi said.

  • Alex - 2012-02-07 21:10

    OMG...where and how are we going to end up?

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-07 21:15

    You are smoking you sox, man. Why can't SADTU focus on the kids for a change? You don't become a teacher to be rich. Your focus should be on doing the job properly; and the rest will follow.

      Leatitia Blackie - 2012-02-07 21:35

      SADTU is a labour union, it's there for educators. Maybe it would be nice if people with your mindset, as exibited by your MISINFORMED comment, start focussing on the educators that teach the learners. Educators are not in school like learners are, we are at work. And it's high time that educators should be recognised for their hard work and be payed accordingly. We are in education to make a difference, market related salaries and employment conditions should be at the order of the day. Furthermore, GO SADTU!!!

      Blip - 2012-02-07 22:01

      Indeed -- any union exists for its fee-paying members. Nobody else. Yet, if the fee-paying members of a union eagerly saw away at the very branch they're all sitting on, they are the ones who will suffer the most hurt.

      Jymiro - 2012-02-07 22:04

      I am not a teacher but I do have a simpathy for teachers as workers who more than most of us are doing such an important service to the nation, educating its future leaders. I think once as South African lets stand with out teachers and demand that the government treat them very well.

      ttrevenen - 2012-02-08 01:14

      @Laetitia - as an educator your spelling is a disgrace! "Payed" - paid? As for your grammar... "conditions should be at the order of the day" - maybe you should be "in" school instead of "at" work. Perhaps if you weren't out striking all the time you could earn the increase that you are demanding.

      Garth - 2012-02-08 09:17

      Well said ttrevenen. `exibited', `payed', shocking! Hey Blackie, activate spell-checker.

  • Rebaone - 2012-02-07 21:22

    those that participated on the strike ought to be fired based on material evidence which is admissible according to labour legislations.

  • Irene - 2012-02-07 21:48

    What a total joke this country is. Kids stampede to get into university only to protest and perform once they're in. Teacher's strike because they've got nothing better to do and don't consider education of children a priority. The ANC is pure filth.

      SNG62 - 2012-02-08 09:10

      Time for a massive spring-clean don't you think?

  • Lynda - 2012-02-07 21:50

    oh for crying out loud.....just get on with teaching our kids (yes I am a teacher and a member of SADTU) why waste our time with nonsense like this

  • Blip - 2012-02-07 21:58

    Sack the incompetent slackers in SADTU while you're at it.

      tertia888 - 2012-02-07 22:12

      Blip, die parlement roep...

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 22:05

    He he these okes are a freakin joke! What clowns, and they actually represent an bunch of educators? Cant say much for the quality of edikaters!!

  • TheWatcher - 2012-02-07 22:12

    All 27000 teachers should be sacked for going on that illegal strike. That includes sadtu and any other unions that were involved. Organised and peaceful strikes I'm all for. People need to be paid decently BUT striking is a last resort not the first port of call (which a lot of these unions have forgotten). However if a strike turns violent then the people involved should be fired. The same should happen whenever an illegal strike happens. In addition those teachers who do not turn up for work, are late, or drunk, or just plain incompetent should be fired. It would free up a lot of money that could be used to pay those who actually do the work with no loss of results.

  • ttrevenen - 2012-02-08 01:06

    Between Cosatu and Sadtu calling for so many strikes will the youth of this country receive the education to which they are entitled? Its high time that teachers were classified as essential workers and barred from striking. Enough is enough.

  • Warwick - 2012-02-08 08:51

    If you dont like your job, leave you morons.

  • Johan - 2012-02-08 16:50

    And replaced by whom? SADTU members who are always planning strikes and going on them. Self interest at work here.Give names.

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