Teacher hope for 'positive ruling'

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Teachers in KwaZulu-Natal are today hoping for a ruling in their favour by the labour court against money being deducted from their salaries on a "no work, no pay" basis.

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) said the labour court in Pietermaritzburg would deliver a ruling on the issue today.

The union went to court after education authorities in the province made the deductions from March salary payouts. Thousands of teachers in the province are affected.

The department deducted the money from the salaries of teachers who went on strike during last year's public servants strike.

The deductions went ahead despite Sadtu members' protestations earlier this month. Last week the department said it stood by its decision to dock salaries from March 15 until June this year.

The union took the department of education to court to force it to give teachers a refund of seven days' pay. Sadtu argues that they had an agreement with the department when they took part in the "recovery plan".

Sadtu claims the agreement was that payment for taking part in the recovery plan and the "no work, no pay" deductions were to have been made simultaneously.

Sadtu members will gather at the Curries Fountain Stadium in Durban today to await the court's verdict.

Sadtu said teachers will wear black clothes to "symbolises this era of darkness".