SADTU Free State to embark on work to rule Campaign

10 May 2018

South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in Free State has engaged in talks with Department of Education on delays in the payment of temporary teachers and schools' allocations.

Temporary teachers were not been paid since January 2018 with some dating back to 2017 whilst schools' allocations for the 4th term (2017) and 1st term (2018) were also delayed.

SADTU in the Chamber Meeting of 9 March 2018 sponsored the item on non-payment of temporary teachers and allocations to schools. Subsequent to the meeting of 9 March 2018, a Special Chamber meeting where both Departments for Education and Treasury were present was convened on 28 March 2018. It is in this meeting where resolutions were taken as follows:

1. Temporary teachers will be paid on 12 April 2018
2. Schools allocations for 4th and 1st terms will be paid by 30 April 2018.
3. The Department of Education will issue letters to schools to communicate the payments as agreed
4. The Department of Education and Treasury should convene two day meeting with Labour to discuss challenges confronting the Education Department and come up with concrete solutions.

Temporary teachers and school's allocations for 4th Term were paid as agreed.

The Department has however defaulted by not:

  • Paying school's allocations for 1st term (2018)
  • Convening Two day meeting
  • Issuing letters to schools

The Special Executive Committee in assessing and analysing the conduct of department of education and Treasury on selective implementation of decisions was convinced that the delay in payment of salaries and school's allocations would still occur in future hence the PEC arrived at the following decisions:

  • To condemn the conduct of the two departments by failing to fully implement decisions of Special Chamber where both departments were present.
  • That schools' allocations for 2nd term(2018) should be paid immediately
  • That Department of Treasury should take the allocated function to appoint teachers back to Department of Education with immediate effect;
  •  Two day meeting as agreed should be expedited;
  • For enforcement of all the issues raised, the union should embark on a campaign that will lead to a provincial march on 2 June 2018.

With effect from 11 May 2018, SADTU members will embark on "Work to Rule" with clear guidelines on what the campaign entails.

Issued by Provincial Secretariat

Moloi Mokholoane:
Provincial Secretary:
076 811 2777

Sifuba Ntombizanele:
Provincial Deputy Secretary:
079 691 7358