Sadtu go-slow illegal, DA says

2013-04-09 18:50

Johannesburg - A go-slow by the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) is illegal, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

MP Annette Lovemore said teachers were obliged under the Employment of Educators Act and their conditions of service to work outside their seven hours a day of teaching.

"Refusing to work more than seven hours a day is tantamount to declaring the withholding of labour, and thus constitutes the declaration of a strike," Lovemore said in a statement.

Comment could not immediately be obtained from Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleka.

Earlier in the day, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga bemoaned the union's insistence on her resignation.

"The minister... is disappointed at the utterances made by the leadership of Sadtu that she must resign," her spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said in a statement.

Sadtu embarked on a go slow on Tuesday, when pupils returned from the Easter holiday.

The union said Motshekga and her director general Bobby Soobrayan had, among other things, failed to honour a collective agreement for an increase in the remuneration of markers of national examinations.

Lesufi disputed the claims, quoting a flawed collective agreement entered into on 7 April 2011, to improve the salaries of national exam markers.

He said the union had not co-operated in the process of rectifying the agreement.

The matter was due before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in August.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-04-09 19:14

    When has that ever stopped anyone in SA?

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-04-09 19:39

      When did they ever go fast?

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-04-09 19:15

    Get rid of this Stupid Unions we have, problem solved.

      John Buang - 2013-04-09 20:17

      South Africa reportedly sits in the bottom five countries on planet Earth as far as its school education system is concerned. SAD Teacher's Union indeed.

      Mbulelo Somzana - 2013-04-09 20:30

      But the first stupid to be get rid of should be you

      Xolani Sphongoz Madlala - 2013-04-09 20:48

      get rid of the union??? and what wil hapen to the workers? we let the greedy employers do as they wish??

      Richard Payn - 2013-04-09 22:05

      @ Xolani. YOur greedy employer is the person you voted for! Zuma.

      John Buang - 2013-04-10 07:01

      LoL - good one Mbulelo.

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-04-09 19:29

    A go-slow may be illegal, but what about those who don't even have books yet, they can't go at all.

  • Joe Irwin - 2013-04-09 19:32

    I doubt if it will make any difference.

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-04-09 19:50

    Sorry Kev, I have to be the bearer of bad news. Contrary to popular belief, a teacher's job does not stop at 14h00. My sister is a very dedicated teacher, and I dont think that she's been to bed before 11 - 12pm for a zillion years. Dedictated teaches work their @rses off, for absolute peanuts.

      Robbies - 2013-04-09 20:06

      Agree with Deon and the difference is seen in the students results, mor that the 35% the government see as a sucess.

      Xolani Sphongoz Madlala - 2013-04-09 20:37

      Thank u Deon for outlining the issue of time, I am a teacher myslf and I believe in teaching the poor child of the nation and we as teachers sucrifice our weekends and some uninformed people who take all the sh*t being fed to them by government and accuse us of Lazyness

      Leon Schwenk - 2013-04-09 21:53

      Deon your sister must be one of the few that "book in " and stay in class to teach, there are lots that leave very early in the day with "kopsear".

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-09 22:27

      Deon - I was lucky; I had teachers like your sister and I'm very grateful. Xolani - Please tell me you're not really a teacher - u, sucrifice, lazyness? Not good enough.

  • Joe Smit - 2013-04-09 19:50

    Being going slow for a long time already...

  • davy.botha - 2013-04-09 19:53

    It is so sad to see that after all this years of apartheid the mindset of our people is still the same, though the conditions/make up of our state has changed and that we now have a democratic system we still employ tactics of the apartheid era by striking and not following the conflict resolution processes. It seems that they as SADTU knows that although unpleasant the government had the right to do what they did and now they are acting illegaly because of a unpopular decision.

  • Stanley Mabunda - 2013-04-09 20:03

    comrades let's guard ourselves against godzilla and her tea girl

      Ronald Van Toorn - 2013-04-09 20:27

      Comrades lets use our brains for once!

  • Robbies - 2013-04-09 20:03

    Blame the minister but the reality is the teachers performance is speaking through the number of students that can get pass a 50% passrate and I dont see that can be placed before the minister. There are schools that get pass this barrier and you the minister dont then get the recognition for those sucesses. The moment you have real teachers showing real results than a lot will change there after. F

  • Leora Lipka - 2013-04-09 20:12

    While I don't suoport SAdtu, I certainly don't hold a light for Angie either.. Maybe they should both go... It surely couldn't get any worse..yet I feel desperately sorry for the few teachers who do see teaching as a vocation, the conditions they have to work in are appalling.. How can you make a difference in the life of a child when you have 30 / 40 or more in a class, all on different levels.. Not to mention , the lack of resources books.. Classrooms... Heck even functioning toilets and a roof over their heads.. Oh yes and they get paid a pittance ( those that see teaching as a vocation)... But alas between SAdtu and Angie and previous ministers of education they have managed to mess up a generation of kids or 2

  • Mashudu Matamela - 2013-04-09 20:36

    Think-slow + go-slow = low pass rate

  • Xolani Sphongoz Madlala - 2013-04-09 20:46

    Well I believe that Angie is not doing any favour for our department, infact I thnk the whole government doesnt care about our education. And for DA to come out and criticise teachers, wel let me rather not comment on that one bcz im afraid I myt offend so many ppl. But just so you know, teachers earn peanuts, teachers dont have benefits, teacher work hard and work extra hours and weekends for absolutely nothing and what the government does? criticise them, fail them and make sure they paint a bad picture about them, it time we start to value our education and our teachers!!!!

      bongani.nxumalo.1804 - 2013-04-09 22:18

      What subject do you teach Xolani?

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-09 22:30

      Tersia Louw - Just posted Report commentComments Policy I don't blame the DA or anyone else for criticising teachers if you're an example; reading your post shows you don't value education, as your writing is barely literate.

      CliveK - 2013-04-10 15:49

      Some teachers might EARN peanuts, but actually teachers are actually not tha badly paid any more. Don't get me wrong: good teachers are worth their weight in gold. Unfortunately those that EARN peanuts also get well paid. Just like JZ is paid a huge salary, but earns very little of it - get the difference, Xolani?

  • Michael Jackwood - 2013-04-09 20:51

    Sadtu leaders need political appointments in cabinet or in government, until Mugwena Maluleke is appointed to a position of power in government, he will continue to be problem for education, that how they do it, Thulas Nxesi was trouble for ANC government until he is appointed minister. SADTU does not have interest of learners at heart, that is the unfortnate reality we are confronted with as a nation, but at least former models C schools are teaching children and are not interested in this nonsense of SADTU.

      Xolani Sphongoz Madlala - 2013-04-09 21:00

      Infact both SADTU and government do not care about the learner, SADTU is using teachers to fight its battles and government is just lost in all department besides the department of CORRUPTION. And I thnk u should have said some schools ar teaching because even in sme disadvantaged schools teaching and learning is taking place

      Phill Sarefa - 2013-04-09 21:56

      Michael, there was Thulas Nxesi. Whren he got a cabinet post then came Mugwena. After Mugwena there will be another. The vicious cycle will go on until "Jesus comes back>"

  • Bruce Sahli - 2013-04-09 21:01

    Just freekin lasy,want! want! want! no give!!!!

  • Rob N Jan Prestwich - 2013-04-09 21:05

    Go slow? That's good isn't it? Surely any pace faster than normal is good???

  • Ndongezile Mahlati - 2013-04-09 21:08

    Fact is teachers aren't doing their jobs properly and their slightly spoilt that's why they feel the need to go on strikes every now and then,another fact is angie motshekga is not cut for this job and the president is not got fire her as he wants the support of the women's league in the elections...

  • blessing.khumalo.90 - 2013-04-09 21:12

    I agree 100% in fact the union should b called saltu (south african lazy teachers union)each Mugwema drank one too many he calls for a go slow.

  • Renier Lubbe - 2013-04-09 21:29

    Working hours for every one is clearly defined in the Labour Law which carries more weight than the Employment of Educators Act. People should stop pointing to the working hours of teachers as teachers have to work much longer per day as is required by the Employment of Educators Act just in order to mark books, tests, assessment tasks and the completion of forms, daily planning, by-weekly planning, term planning, etc for each subject. This excludes after hour (including Saturdays) activities i.e. sport, play practice, meetings, training, remedial classes, detention classes, meetings with the few parents that are willing to come to school in order to discuss problems, etc. Parents and the public in general are keen to point fingers at teachers but very few of them has ever taken the time to investigate what is really expected from teachers. Most parents do not even attend to their children's home work nor do they attend parent meetings.

  • Phill Sarefa - 2013-04-09 21:52

    SADTU, a group of hypocrites. Pity that the people being hoodwinked are supposed to be professional. Why say Angie must resign when you are always saying SADTU members must vote for the ANC? This is pure hypocrisy. Anyway this is meant to propel Mugwena Maluleke to cabinet just like Nxesi was propelled. Poor ignorant teachers, they blindly follow him. Sadly, it is a Black child who suffers. These poor kids will remain ignorant and the only thing they will be able to do will be to put a cross next to the ANC at the ballot box.

  • Mokeu Lesley - 2013-04-09 22:24

    These SADTU guys must be smoking their socks because weed or nyaope is not strong to get a person that high. how can you stop educating learners because somebody does not want to resign? Typical in my country

      Siyabulela John Pap's - 2013-04-11 22:21

      Lesley wake up n smell coffee it seems u r te one who smokes weed here,y don't u do ur research? Go equire bot go slow to educators,I might not b a teacher bt I know tht go slow acording to sadtu means teachers go to school,teach nd give learners tests bt dy don't give reports to education bt kids r being taught mjita

  • Rob Martin - 2013-04-10 08:04

    Teaching used to be a calling and most were dedicated, today its just a job

  • CliveK - 2013-04-10 08:56

    How would anyone know that they are actually on a go-slow? Gone are the days when teaching was a vocation, not just another job. What an unprofessional bunch SADTU is. To those teachers who actually pitch up daily, on time, and teach a full day, I say theank you and keep up your efforts to improve the lot of our youngsters and, ultimately, the nation.

      Siyabulela John Pap's - 2013-04-11 22:16

      Clive u fail to understand a go slow,a go slow in education means teachers go to work,teach n give learners tests or task bt dy don't comunicate anything wth deparment bt learners are not affected so enquire b4 u comment on sumthing u don't know m not a teacher bt I enquire b4 conclude bot things I don't know. So do ur research

  • Peter Neil - 2013-04-10 10:35

    You know....teachers used to be born. It used to be a calling. I believe like Deon's sister, there are still many of those dedicated teachers where teaching and having the joy of seeing children's eyes just light up when they finally understand something is their greatest reward. They are still out there but in comparison, so few. Hats off to all these teachers and thank you for what you do for our kids.

  • Tshepo Kobane - 2013-04-11 17:42

    Open letter to sadtu Dear SADTU General Secretary Kindly intensify your campaign until the education department is rid of this minister who is a liability in the same department. In an event the go slow strategy is not felt accordingly, please embark on an indefinite strike. The education of the poor African child cannot be held at ransom by one person. Yours Parent to a school going child

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