“You will not get your salaries” dept. tells teachers

South_Africa_Department_of_Basic_Education_logoPretoria – The Department of Basic Education has warned that action will be taken against teachers who embark on an illegal strike on Wednesday.

“It has come to the attention of the Department of Basic Education that the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) is calling on its members to embark on an illegal strike on Wednesday,” the department said in a statement.

Some of the union’s grievances were that Grade R teachers were not being paid enough, Grade 12 examination markers had not received an increase in salaries, and some schools were without the necessary resources to ensure quality education.

The Department has activated its systems to enforce the following directives:

  • No Work, No Pay;
  • Principals that do not monitor and register the attendance of teachers will be subjected to disciplinary procedures; and
  • Educators that sign the register as being present at school but later leave to join protest action will be subjected to disciplinary procedures.

The department has stressed that although it is permissible by law to strike but an illegal strike of this nature will not be condoned and those wishing to take part must bear in mind the consequences of their actions.

“To ensure that information surrounding the strike filters through, the Department has established strike committees that will monitor the effects of the strike and report back on its impact during the course of the day. – SAnews.gov.za