White teachers' union joins strike

2010-08-19 22:22

Johannesburg - Teachers belonging to the predominantly white Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU) will join the nationwide public servants' strike next week, it said in a statement on Thursday.

"The SAOU decided on this drastic step after 87% of members rejected the state’s latest offer of a 7% general salary adjustment and a R700 a month housing allowance after conducting a ballot among members," it said.

The union, which includes teachers from former model C schools, would join the strike on Monday.

SAOU condemned violence and damage to property by other unions.

"Barbaric actions as that which have been witnessed during the last week, can no longer be tolerated," it said.

It urged school governing bodies to monitor pupils and teachers.

"Should there be a reasonable risk of intimidation and injury, the best interests of learners and personnel should be borne in mind...," it said, adding that schools should not try to stay open "at all costs".