SADTU in the North West province is threatening to go on strike over the non-payment of salaries of temporary teachers

19 June 2015

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) in the North West Province has threatened to go on strike if the provincial department of education does not pay the salaries of temporary teachers.  

Hundreds of temporary teachers have not received their salaries in the province, some since the beginning of the year while others get half of their wages.
The non- payment of the temporary educators is spread across all the six regions in the province.

The Union’s Provincial Executive Committee, at its meeting on 12 June 2015, took a decision to embark on an industrial action in July in order to express its discontent over the non-payment of salaries.

The provincial executive has, many a time, tried to engage with the department but their attempts have been met with arrogance and insensitivity from Departmental officials.
In April this year, the entire Provincial Executive Committee staged a 36-hour sit-in at the Department’s offices when a scheduled meeting with the Head of Department Itumeleng Molale could not materialise. When the SADTU delegates arrived for the meeting, they were told the Head of Department was attending a meeting in Durban.

Such high handed behaviour from the department is causing untold damage on the delivery of quality education in the province.

The Post Provisioning Model in the province is flawed and designed to have as fewer posts as possible. It robs the learners of teachers and increases the load on the already heavily burdened educators.

Office Based employees work like slaves because the filling of some office based posts have been frozen. This sabotages delivery and impacts negatively on all spheres of the department. What aggravates the whole situation is the recently released Departmental Circular No 18 of 2015,that calls for the co-management through Treasury. This circular delays the appointment of educators as the Education Department has to go through Treasury before effecting any appointment.

We call on the Department to step down from its high horse and do what is morally and legally correct. We care for the future of this country which lies in quality education for our learners.

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Issued by:
Provincial Secretary               : Keoagile Kale           071 385 4659

Deputy Provincial Secretary  : Lawrence Modiba    082 809 0064