1 October 2021
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union in Kwa-Zulu Natal staged thirteen pickets throughout the province on the 17th of August 2021. Through these pickets, SADTU was declaring war on the budget cuts.
A memorandum of demands was presented to the Provincial Government Premier. In that memorandum, SADTU demanded that the provincial government must relook at the budget cuts especially for the department of education. In the same memorandum, SADTU deserted the implications of implementing budget cuts part of which was the retrenchment of about 6000 teachers, which was already announced by the DOE-KZN.
Following the picket SADTU withdrew from the PPN consultations, which the MEC had started. Reasons for the withdrawal were that SADTU wanted to conclude engagements with the Premier and that there was no way that SADTU was to accept any attempt to retrench teachers. The retrenchments in education mean lowering education standards and there will be no future employment even to replace retired and deceased teachers. Committed to job retention, job security and job creation SADTU has always been determined that the Premier and his cabinet were better positioned to positively attend to issues in the memorandum. Subsequent to that SADTU had a meeting with the premier and DOE KZN again. Our demand was that the 90 057 teacher posts needed to be retained. We were then (after these meetings) informed that the final decision from the cabinet of KZN is that there shall be no retrenchments and, in line with SADTU’s call, all 90 057 posts are retained.
SADTU is welcoming this decision and are very excited that, at heart, our ANC-led government is capable of listening to the people. There is no doubt that this progressive decision is celebrated by teachers and education workers who are already in the system, celebrated by qualified unemployed teachers and all education loving people of our province. This decision confirms that our ANC government still regards education as an apex priority, which remains a solution to the persisting triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequalities.
To prove this, two days ago SADTU KZN successfully engaged the DOE KZN for the salary increase for Grade R teachers. As we speak, the DOE is currently putting processes in place to effect payments. This too is a huge victory for this union. SADTU is committed and through evidence we show that we work and fight for our members.
With this victory at hand, SADTU will be all out from today up to 1 November 2021 mobilizing the society to vote for the African National Congress victory in the upcoming local government elections.
Issued by the Secretariat
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Deputy Provincial Secretary
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