19 November 2016
The South African Democratic Teachers Union has launched an urgent application in the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth to be heard on 24th November 2016 to force the Eastern Cape Department of Education to process the payment of salaries of educators. This follows numerous attempts by SADTU to reason with both the MEC and the Acting HoD to attend to the payment of salaries of educators. One educators has not been paid her salary since February when she was appointed.
This educator and many others have been reduced to beggars and live on handouts whilst rendering a service to the Department. This is while the MEC and his Acting HoD receive their salaries every month without fail despite the MEC having declared in public that he is not sure who runs the Department.
In addition to ensuring the payment of salaries of all educators who have not been paid since their appointments, SADTU seeks an order declaring that every educator who is appointed must be paid her or his salary within 30 days of assumption of duty. This we believe will provide educators with the necessary effective mechanism to commit either the MEC or HoD to contempt should they not do their work as it is the case now. SADTU has taken this drastic action to completely eliminate the abuse and indignity that educators who are newly appointed suffer at the hands of the department.
We once more call upon the MEC and his HoD to take urgent steps to resolve all other salary related issues of educators including processing applications for rural allowances for educators, housing allowances, the 1% pay progression and the payment of leave gratuities for those who have retired. We also call upon the MEC and his HoD to stop the abuse of educators by unlawfully withholding their salaries and/or unlawfully terminating their services. We shall not fold our arms and watch as this department continues to disregard laws, policies and the rights of our members and educators in general.
We will not hesitate to launch further legal action to force the MEC and his HoD to comply with the law and do their.
Issued by: SADTU Eastern Cape Provincial Task Team
For enquiries: Provincial Administrators
Sindisile Zamisa- 0605875786
Chris Mdingi- 0605834462