Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Second public sector strike planned

By Tina George
24 July 2007

Plans for a second public sector strike have been announced on Tuesday at a press conference; by some 17 independent and the Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu), affiliated unions.

The unions are planning for their members to down tools on Monday July, 30.

“After two and a half weeks of engagement and discussion with the department we could not agree in terms of payments of the salary,” says South African Democratic Teachers Union Chairperson, Sabelo Mali.

“There was an understanding that for every hour that a teacher works extra we are going to be paid R135,” says Mali.

SATDU was issued with a national document which stated, that there is no guarantee that teachers are going to be paid.

Mali added that it is only teachers who go teaching grade 12 who go to the winter and spring schools that get paid, but if you go to a school on a weekend then it’s on a voluntary basis.

The unions added that they are open for response from government.

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