TUT to discipline temporary lecturers

2012-05-09 11:21

Pretoria - Temporary lecturers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) who made sworn statements about their not being paid, are to be disciplined by the institution, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

The TUT decided to do so because they allegedly brought the university's public image into disrepute, according to the report.

The lecturers, who taught in the department of applied languages in the social sciences faculty, had previously had their case referred to the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

The CCMA issued a strike certificate. In statements to the National Prosecuting Authority in March, the lecturers said they had struggled since 2011 to get paid.

Stanley Mukhola, dean of the humanities faculty, was accused of repeatedly refusing to sign the complainants' salary demands.

The amounts allegedly owed varied between R21 000 and R35 000 per individual.

The TUT said in a statement on Tuesday that the lecturers concerned were paid according to the terms of contracts they had signed. In some cases, they had worked hours over and above those prescribed by official policy.

The dean had agreed to pay them, in addition to the 19 hours per week they could claim for, for additional preparation as well as a two-hour consultation fee.

  • Tuco - 2012-05-09 11:33

    should actually read: TUT temporary lecters are to be GAGGed

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-09 17:25

      It's not only at TUT, try UKZN, DUT and more. None are being paid properly and the schools are in a shambles.

  • Msizi.nyalungu - 2012-05-09 11:40

    I blame the merger

  • Peter - 2012-05-09 11:48

    This is South African news? means nothing to anyone but those involved....

  • Chaapo - 2012-05-09 12:29

    Modern slavery. I suppose to the power that be, the lectures were supposed to slave away and be grateful without questioning. If the institution does not want the disrepute, treat the workers fairly. This act actually does more damage to the institution's reputation than the lectures being allowed space to voice their maltreatment. Which lecturer of a high caliber would want to work in such an environment where you give your all, are unpaid, are muzzled from complaining about it and then threatened with disciplinary measures for daring to challenge this unfairness?

  • Thobejane - 2012-05-09 16:15

    well if they are paid according to their contract stipulates hy should they strike

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