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By unknown | Mar 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

The KwaZulu-Natal department of education will continue with salary deductions from teachers who stayed away from work during last year's public servants strike.

The action will take place despite recent protests and pending court action from thousands of teachers in the province.

Education superintendent-general Cassius Lubisi said the department was responding to a national directive from the minister of public service and administration that the "no work, no pay" rule would apply to public servants who took part in the strike.

Lubisi said the situation was being further compounded by the submission of conflicting affidavits by some employees in the department. He rejected suggestions that KwaZulu-Natal is the only province that is implementing the deductions.

"The salary deductions resumed this month and will continue until all the money has been recovered," he said.

"The province is not inventing the deduction of salaries. Gauteng, North West, Western Cape and Limpopo are about to conclude the docking of salaries of employees who participated in the strike, including educators.

"This was a national directive, and it must be reiterated that the same principle applied to all departments in all provinces throughout the country."

He said the department had to respond to every affidavit. So , employees who sent more than one affidavit will receive a response for every affidavit submitted. This would explain why some employees have received more than one letter from the department.

The department had to deal with more than 50000 affidavits.

"The 'no work no pay' rule applied to all workers in the department, and deductions will soon commence for other employees who participated in the strike.

"We have about 100000 employees, and deductions could not be effected this month for all those affected because of the huge volume of administrative work that goes into implementing the deductions," Lubisi said.

Last week teachers abandoned classes and gathered at the Curries Fountain Stadium eagerly awaiting the Durban labour court ruling on the docking of their salaries.

Their hopes were dashed when the department failed to reply to the court papers challenging the deductions. The matter was postponed to next month.

Teachers said between R1100 and R3000 have been docked from their March salaries alone.


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