South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) marched yesterday into Pretoria for an increase of wages. The protesters handed the memorandum to the Department of Higher Education and Basic Education. Mamelodi teachers also took part in the march.
“We were marching for 0.5 outstanding pay progression, diverting of funds to other projects other than to address educational needs of the country recognition and formalizing of Grade R Practitioners as educators”, said Kgoroshi Mashifane, one of the teachers at Lehlabile Secondary School.
According to the SADTU members whatsapp group message, during labor meeting that took place on 3 October 2017 between the ILC and COASATU affiliated Unions, labor agreed to consolidate their demands. The consolidated wage demand, which was tabled to the employer at the special Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) meeting on 6 October 2017 stated that, the general salary increase will be 12 % based on different scales, that the house current allowance to be increased to R 2 500, family responsibility leave to be granted and have an additional of three days including religious people and steward or office bearers, children at higher institution to be granted bursaries or be subsidised.
Members were urged to be aware of the majority of their inputs were accommodated in the demand and those which are not will be placed in process.
By: Fortunate Machaba