Members of South African Teachers Union (Sadtu) In Limpopo presented a memorandum of demands to Premier Stan Mathabatha on Tuesday after they failed in their efforts to agree on certain issues with acting MEC of Education, Jerry Ndou last year December.
Among the issues stipulated in the memorandum is the unilateral downward variation of the conditions of services of Adult Education Training (AET) in the province resulting to their salaries being downgraded from R6 000 to R1 400 a month from 1 September 2014.
Further issues are the non-filling of vacant and funded promotional posts by the department; failure by the department to provide a clear cut infrastructure plan to deal with old and dilapidated buildings, which have become a health and security hazard to learners and educators, and the inability of the Premier to appoint the MEC of Education.
Sadtu Provincial Secretary, Matome Raphasha said they decided to present their demands to the Premier after they could not be assisted by Ndou. â€œWe have had these problems for a while now and the MEC is aware of them. We are particularly disturbed by the nonchalant and lackadaisical attitude displayed by his office in trying to find solutions to these important challenges that has a potential of collapsing system in the province. We therefore demand an immediate end to the Mafia deductions of AET educatorsâ€™ salaries which must reinstated to what they were getting as of the 1 September 2014. The immediate revocation of the imposed new conditions of service of AET educators pending consultations with unions admitted to the provincial chamber,â€ Raphasha said.
He also added that, in the recent past, they have noted a number of developments from the department that affect adversely conditions of service of their members and education provisioning in the province. â€œWe had on numerous occasions tried to draw his officeâ€™s attention towards resolving these issues but our pleas fell on deaf ears,â€ continued Raphasha.
In response Mathabatha said they will attend the issues in the memorandum. â€œI dont want to make empty promises that all the issues raised in the memorandum will be solved urgently. Some of them are legacy issues but we will give them the necessary attention,â€ Mathabatha said.