SADTU, together with COSATU public service unions POPCRU, DENOSA PAWUSA, SAEPU and SAMA are taking the fight for salary increases of public servants to the next level. The dispute on the non-implementation of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018 - Agreement on the Salary Adjustment and Improvements of Conditions of Service for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 is proceeding to arbitration. The arbitration is set down for 22 June 2020.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) joins the country in commemorating the youth of 1976 who, on this day, rose up against all odds to defy the apartheid education system and thus paved the way for the democracy and freedom we so enjoy today. As SADTU, we pay homage to the youth of 76 for understanding the power of education in liberating the people from mental slavery and ignorance and their understanding of the role of quality education as an enabler to the young and old.
The five Teacher Unions (SADTU, NAPTOSA, SAOU, NATU, PEU) together with the School Governing Body Associations (FEDSAS, NASGB, GBF, SANASE) met with Minister Motshekga, the Deputy Minister, MECs of Provinces, the Director General in the Department of Basic Education, the Provincial HODs and various other officials, to receive reports from the Ministry about the COVID-19 Compliance of schools and readiness to re-open schools. We wish to emphasize that the meeting was open, frank and in a positive collaborative spirit that sought to join forces in combating a threat that affects not only everyone involved in education but also the future development of our country as a whole.
SADTU in Free State held its Special Provincial Executive Committee meeting today, the 31st May 2020 to reflect on the state of readiness by the Provincial Department of Education thus far. The PEC reflected on the progress made since the Union first issued communiqué to members not to report for work on the 11th May 2020 (SMTs) and teachers on 18 May 2020 as per the directive of the department. Since then, a communication forum for engagement between department and unions was created and meets on weekly basis.
The Minister of Basic Education today, 31 May 2020, released a statement on resumption of duty in the Basic Education Sector. The statement was released a@er an outcry by the Teacher Unions and Governing Body Associations joined by the public for the Minister to provide leadership.
SADTU Limpopo Province issued a media statement on the 23rd May 2020 wherein we expressed our misgivings about the intention of the Limpopo Department of Education to recall educators back to work in preparation for the schools re-opening on the 01st June 2020. The union then advised the educators not to return to work as the department had not yet put in place the health safety precautionary measures before workers could return to work.
The National School Governing Body Associations (Federation of School Governing Bodies of South Africa, National Association of School Governing Bodies and the Governing Body Foundation) met with the Education Trade Unions (SADTU, NAPTOSA, SAOU, PEU and NATU) on 28 May 2020 to consider and discuss the state of readiness of schools to re-open on 1 June 2020 as announced by the Minister of Basic Education.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU), the biggest union in the education and public service sector, welcomes the appointment of Abel Moffat Sithole as the CEO of Public Investment Corporation (PIC).
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented event and has caused death and destruction throughout the world, as a result human solidarity in acting together has become critical. It is for this reason that the Unions in the Province of KZN have agreed to stand together and act jointly.
SADTU in KwaZulu-Natal noted the call of the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to re-open schools across the country on 1 June 2020 amid persistent Covid-19 cases growth. This announcement was followed by KZN Circular 30 issued by the HOD indicating that upon the assessment done by the department they were confident that schools were ready to receive school Principals the 21 May 2020.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) in the Eastern Cape wishes to accept and appreciate the engagement between the employer and the stakeholder on 23 May 2020. This statement is informed by the promise we made in the circulated PWC decisions on 22/05/2020 that we will engage and advise in relation to Instruction 17 Issued by Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE).
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in the North West province has noted the address by the Minister of Basic Education on 18 May 2020 regarding the re-opening of schools for all teachers and support staff on 25 May 2020 and for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners on 1 June 2020.
SADTU Limpopo Province has noted with concern the announcement made on the 18th of May 2020 by the Minister of Basic Education, The Honourable Angie Motshekga about the phased re-opening of schools starting with Grade 7 and 12 on the 01st June 2020. Subsequent to that, the Limpopo Department of Education issued a circular instructing SMTs of schools to report back to work on the 25th May 2020 and educators to report on the 26th May 2020.
We have noted the presentation by the Minister of Basic Education Ms Angie Motshekga on the reopening of schools for teachers on the 25th of May 2020 and for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners on the 1st June 2020.
COSATU Public Service Unions: POPCRU, SADTU, DENOSA, PAWUSA, SAEPU & SAMA, collectively bring to our members an update on the continuing dispute to break the impasse on the failure by the employer to implement PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018 to the latter.
The Minister of Basic Education last night, 19 May 2020, addressed the country on the re-opening of schools and the state of readiness to receive teachers and learners back at school.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in the North West province has noted, with serious concern, the manner in which the Department of Education in the province is dealing with the issue of Covid -19 and preparations towards the reopening of schools. Our concern is amongst others informed by the circulation of the two Circulars i.e. Circular 21/2020 and the one entitled "Cleaning Campaign: Re-opening of Schools" which were released without even consulting with the union.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU), the country’s biggest union in the education and public service sectors, today joins her global federation Education International (EI) in celebrating May 16, World Education Support Personnel (ESP) Day.
On the International Nurses Day we join the world in celebrating and appreciating the nurses risking their lives doing their job to take care of the sick. We urge the employers to put the safety of these workers on the front line as a priority in providing the PPEs. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues in the Nursing profession and we wish them peace and safety.