Hundreds of local teachers picketed at Buyani Primary School in eMbalenhle on 9 May 2018 and at Thomas Nhlabathi Secondary School on 10 May 2018, under the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU). The strike is in demand of salary increases.
Earlier last week, the spokesperson of the Department of Basic Education, Elijah Mhlanga, urged teachers not to disrupt teaching and learning.“We hope that the picketing is not going to affect learning and teaching and that they will do it at the time that is not going to interfere with school work which they are expected to do. They have a right to express their dissatisfaction with the way things are going,” he said. Some teachers from local schools remained in class and school activities resumed. When the picketing was done, the teachers returned to their respective schools.
The union said that after eight months of negotiations, the employer is offering them an increase of 1% in addition to the inflation.
“We are demanding inflation salary increase plus three percent in addition to the inflation. The employer is currently offering inflation plus one percent.
We are trying to bridge that gap so that the employer can move to three percent.”
At the time of going to press, the picketing had been suspended and negotiations were taking place.