Gauteng SADTU must hold protest march outside school hours

By: Khume Ramulifho MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education The DA Gauteng calls on the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) to move a protest march scheduled for tomorrow to after school hours. According to memorandum circulated throughout the province, the Gauteng branch of SADTU calls on all teachers from all structures to gather for a protest march in Tshwane tomorrow, over what calls the education department’s arrogance in wage negotiations during the past seven months. Click here to view the memorandum. The language in the memorandum also suggests further rolling mass action. While the DA recognises the right to peaceful labour action and strikes, we appeal to the leadership of SADTU to act in the best interest of school learners and postpone the timing of the march from 09h00 to after school hours. There is no reason why the education of our learners should be held to ransom while teachers unions use school time to promote their own agenda. Job creation start with quality education, and Gauteng’s learners deserve to be the best they can be. The DA is on record calling for education to be declared an essential service, which will limit debilitating strike action from harming our youth’s future prospects. Such a declaration would include certain provisions requiring consultation and agreement between government, unions and school governing bodies before a strike may legally take place, and that the “no work, no pay” rule be strictly enforced. The education of our youth is an essential human right and it should take precedence over labour demands. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################