Citizen Reporter
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30 Sep 2014
1:11 pm

Sadtu denies KZN teaching strike

Citizen Reporter

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has denied that teachers in KwaZulu-Natal have embarked on a strike.

Sadtu provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi speaking at the 8th conference of Sadtu. A task team has made scathing findings against the union. Picture: Supplied

This after Mnambithi FET College lecturers belonging to the union, claimed that their demands had not been met and allegedly embarked on strike action, according to Ladysmith Gazette.

The report stated that students had claimed that one of the lecturers entered a classroom this morning, tore up exam sheets and walked out again.

It had also been alleged that dustbins were thrown around, and that exam papers were tossed into rubbish bins – as the college is to close on Friday.

Sadtu provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi told The Citizen that no strike in KZN was underway.

“Sadtu members are currently preparing for the union’s national congress which kicks off next week, so no one is striking,” said Mathonsi.

The congress is due to take place next week from October 2 to 5 at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Benoni, Ekurhuleni.

Close to 1 500 delegates, including leaders from the ANC, SA Communist Party, and labour federation Cosatu, among others, were expected to attend.

The union had previously threatened mass action if the KwaZulu-Natal education department did not address what it called “long-outstanding issues”.

One of the issues was the implementation of an agreement reached last year between the union and the department over non-teaching staff.