Public Service wage negotiations reached a stalemate yesterday after the employer reneged on their latest offer of 6.9%. The employer had presented the 6.9 % cost of living adjustment in a meeting with labour on the 4th of July 2012. It was then expected that labour would thereafter consult with their members in order to get a mandate on this latest offer and would revert back to the council after consultations.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) would like to convey its message of support to the SACP on its historic 13th National Congress. We have confidence that the congress will be a resounding success. The SACP - a vanguard for the working class - should use the occasion to reflect deeply on its gains, failures, its role in the tripartite alliance and in government.
This is an update of the negotiations and the latest offer of the employer as presented today, Wednesday, 04th July 2012.
On 9 November 2010, SADTU placed on the agenda of the Provincial Education Labour Relations Council, a request to be consulted on the Education Plan for the Western Cape. The response from the Western Cape Education Department was that they were not ready to consult the unions at that stage. To date, the WCED has not presented its plan in the chamber for consultation with teacher unions in the Western Cape. SADTU is not aware of the plan Mr Botha is referring to. It does not surprise the union that a secret plan exist in the office of the leader. It shows the DA government’s disregard for social dialogue in the Province.
The Public Service Wage negotiations resumed on the 25 June 2012 at the PSCBC with Labour heeding for the Minister’s call to go back to the negotiating table. Subsequent to the call, Labour requested for the convening of the Council in order to continue with the negotiations.
SADTU is against the proposed plan by the Western Cape Education Department to close 27 schools and is calling on Premier Helen Zille to fire MEC Grant for the short-sighted plan which will cause harm to working class black learners.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) wishes to extend its deepest and sincerest condolences to our former General Secretary cde Thulas, cde Sesi and the entire Nxesi family for the tragic loss of their daughter Lona. 17-year-old Lona died in a car accident near Kroonstad on Monday. She was on her way home from boarding school in Bloemfontein.
The ANC is supposed to be the disciplined force of the left. However, in KZN there are signs of an ANC deepening its relationship with the liberal counter-revolutionary force - the DA at the expense of COSATU.
Not so long ago the public witnessed hugs and kisses between the DA and the office of the premier (the ANC chairperson) where the two structures were demonstrating their solid opposition to COSATU and expressing their readiness to implement the controversial youth subsidy.
Council resumed yesterday the 13th June 2012 to continue with salary negotiations with parties still standing at their various positions as tabled below. Employer then indicated that have reached the end of negotiations as they have exhausted their mandate henced a signed agreement to council was tabled and indicated that they will only revert back to council only after 21 days as per council constitution( 12 July 2012) to check whether it has enjoyed majority signatures.
The COSATU unions and the Independent Labour Caucus (ILC), representing 14 unions and approximately 1.3 million employees of the State in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) began negotiations with the employer on the 16th of February 2012. Labour presented its initial demand of a 10 percent wage increase, R1650 housing allowance and a single term agreement among others.
Subsequent to Labour declaring a deadlock in the salary negotiations on the 22 May 2012, Parties agreed to engage through a facilitation process to try and break the deadlock/impasse.
The article by Loane Sharp (SA trade unions the biggest obstacle to job creation, 25 May) cannot go unchallenged.
There seems to be a concerted effort by business and the liberals to vilify the unions (COSATU) and, more particularly, the South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) which has become a scapegoat for all the ills in the country; from poor quality education and lately - from Sharp - to youth unemployment.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union would like to express its sincerest condolences to the family, ANC, friends and colleagues of the late Minister of Public Service and Administration Roy Padayachie.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union has welcomed the announcement by Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande to open former colleges of education in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union joins millions of teachers, students and education activists around the world in calling on public authorities and development partners to ensure that all young children have access to quality early childhood education (ECE).
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) has welcomed the resignation of Eastern Cape Department of Education`s Superintendant General Modidima Mannya. The Union says Mannya`s departure is not only a victory for the Union but for the people of the province and learners in particular.
The Public Service Wage negotiations resumed in the morning of Monday, 23 April 2012 at the PSCBC with the Employer indicating the following:
Next week, millions of teachers, students and education advocates around the world will join forces in calling on public authorities and development partners to ensure that all young children have access to quality early childhood education (ECE).