Sadtu rejects Pandor's increase

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) yesterday said it rejected the proposed public service yearly increase of 10,5percent. It called for the resignation of Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) yesterday said it rejected the proposed public service yearly increase of 10,5percent. It called for the resignation of Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

Sadtu said the announcement of the increase was made in the legislature with no prior reference to the Public Services Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).

"Sadtu rejects the notion any notion that the salaries for public servants can simply [be] announced from above and reaffirms its commitment to free collective bargaining," the union said.

"The projected rate of CPIX - 9,5percent over the next year - underestimated the rate of inflation. Currently CPIX was at 10,4percent and projected to rise.

"Sadtu therefore resolved to reject the present offer and demand the current rate of CPIX plus one percent," it said.

The union also declared a dispute on Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD).

"The impression has been conveyed in the minister's budget speech and in adverts that the OSD is signed, sealed and delivered."

The union said the agreement reached on OSD on April 3 was a framework agreement.

The National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa), however, says the proposed salary increase of 10,5percent was technically correct in terms of the collective agreement signed last year in the PSCBC.

"In terms of that agreement, public servants must receive a salary adjustment based on the projected CPIX for the period April 1 to March 31 2009 plus one percent," Naptosa president Dave Balt said.

"The agreement also contains safety measures". - Sapa

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