The SADTU NEC recently held its third ordinary meeting, where issues on austerity measures in relation to budget cuts and job losses, and a National Day of Action, were highlighted.
On Sunday, 19 September 2021, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) shared the post-National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting statement by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU). The meeting took place on Friday, 17 September 2021.
The meeting is said to have taken place after public servants were paid the non-pensionable cash gratuity as provided for in the PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2021. The NEC is also said to have raised issues of concern about the austerity measures being brought through the back door without a popular mandate in relation to budget cuts and job losses, particularly in the education sector.
SADTU plans to take part in a National Day of Action, called for and led by COSATU, on Thursday, 7 October 2021. COSATU also confirmed that it served the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) with a notice of protest action against corruption, job losses/retrenchments and attacks on collective bargaining agreements.
See the post below.
— @COSATU Today (@_cosatu) September 19, 2021
What is the intention of the SADTU NEC’s National Day of Action?
Protest action will reportedly take place across all provinces highlighting issues such as corruption, job losses and retrenchments. It will also highlight the attacks on collective bargaining agreements, the ratification of Convention 190, and health and safety in workplaces, including the COVID-19 protocols and vaccines.
What has the SADTU NEC identified in the matter of budget cuts and job losses?
SADTU identified that the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education had announced a budget cut of no less than R6.4 billion, which could harmfully affect the employment of less than 6 114 education workers and support personnel.
Why has the NEC not fully celebrated the payment of non-pensionable cash gratuity?
The NEC noted that Grade R practitioners have not received the cash gratuity, nor have they received any form of increase. It was highlighted that Grade R practitioners play a critical role in children’s education but are constantly treated with disdain by their employers.
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