Teachers Union To Embark On A March

SADTU

Teachers Union, SADTU, will together with COSATU embark on a march across the country on Thursday. The march is motivated by several issues that have impacted teachers throughout the country.

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The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) has grown frustrated by the treatment of its members and will embark on a nationwide march alongside the Congress of the South African Trade Union (COSATU) on 7 October 2021. 

The Union intends to voice its concerns against several issues that have impacted its members including austerity measures, rising unemployment, safety in workplaces, gender-based violence and many other ills affecting workers.

The day will be marked across provinces. They will choose forms of demonstrations. Issues to be highlight will include a campaign against corruption, job losses and retrenchments, attacks on collective bargaining agreements, fight against Gender-Based Violence and the ratification of Convention 190, health and safety at workplaces which include COVID 19 protocols and vaccines

 SADTU made the announcement in a statement, which pays homage to World Teacher's Day yesterday.

The country needs more teachers, more resources, more training and better working conditions for teachers. Quality education for all is the only sustainable way of recovery where the teachers are at the centre.

For this year’s theme, the SADTU emphasized the point that teachers must be at the heart of the recovery of the education sector.

They are also calling for more investment in the well-being, training, professional development and working conditions of teachers to recover the learning losses and to adapt to new ways of teaching and learning that have to contend with the pandemic.

In a statement issued on 19 September, SADTU said that it was concerned about the possibility of 6 114 teaching job losses in Kwa-Zulu Natal. 

The treasury department had also announced that it would implement austerity measures which could result in a R6.4 billion budget cut in the KZN provincial education department.

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