We want a 15% hike

THE South African Democratic Teachers' Union wants a minimum wage of R15000 for its teachers.

The decision was made at a two-day Sadtu meeting in Johannesburg in preparation of a teacher development summit scheduled for next week.

The summit has been organised in conjunction with the Department of Education.

Sadtu says it fully supports the 15percent salary increase put forward by Cosatu.

According to the teachers' union this was to have happened in April this year.

The union wants a college of education to be opened in each province in order to increase the training of new teachers.

This is to happen by 2010.

"This will spearhead the delivery of in-service development opportunities to teachers on the ground," said acting general secretary Mugwena Maluleke.

Sadtu national executive committee members said this process would be in line with the decision of the ANC earlier this year.

The union is calling for the government to fund teacher development in the country.

The union has also reformulated their demands regarding occupations specific dispensation (OSD).

"We want a basic entry-level salary of R180000 a year for newly qualified teachers, to be implemented as part of a new salary structure over a period of time," said Maluleke.

An increase of 1 percent - (one notch) - is to be paid to teachers for every three years in recognition of their experience. Senior and master teachers will receive a six notch increase.

Sadtu calls for the OSD to extend to lecturers of Further Education and Training colleges.

The union said temporary teachers should be made permanent and brought in line with those of public school educators.