Sadtu to set up strike fund

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Teachers could soon take part in strike action without fear of losing their salaries.

This might become a reality depending on the outcome of discussions scheduled for the provincial South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) conference at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban today.

Policy plans to set up a strike fund, to which members will contribute to offset the effects of the "no work, no pay", will be deliberated on.

Sadtu provincial secretary Sipho "KK" Nkosi said: "The employer has been threatening our members for years with the no work, no pay rule and many teachers have been reluctant to take part in strike action.

Hundreds of teachers who are Sadtu members have gathered at the three-day conference.

The union is expected to announce its position as to who it will support in the 2009 elections.

Other items on the agenda are the issue of safety at schools, salaries and the effect the HIV and Aids pandemic has on teachers.

"The union has grown from strength to strength and at present has more than 48000 members in KwaZulu-Natal alone

"During this conference we are also going to unveil our future plans for the next five years."

The conference ends today.