Sadtu Limpopo threatens to strike

Sadtu in Limpopo are threatening to strike if they are not paid for helping Limpopo pupils catch-up.

FILE PICTURE: Sadtu members take to the streets. Picture: EWN

POLOKWANE - As Limpopo continues to battle a textbook crisis, the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) on Tuesday warned of looming strike action.

The Metcalfe Inquiry on Monday found that the Department of Basic Education failed to comply with an agreement it had with rights group Section 27 to deliver textbooks to all Limpopo schools by 27 July.

The agreement was made after the department failed to meet an earlier deadline imposed by the North Gauteng High Court.

The union said teachers would take to the streets if they were not paid for working overtime during the department's catch-up plan.

Sadtu Limpopo secretary Rapasha Matome said government was playing a dangerous game.

"People are playing with the future of our kids, what kind of a generation are we building?"

He said the education department could no longer bury its head in the sand.

"This mess was not caused by teachers. It was caused by the department. It must carry responsibility"

Matome said if teachers were not paid extra for work related to the catch-up plan, the department will have to deal with the consequences.

"If the department doesn't get on board on that matter [of payment], we're definitely taking to the streets."

He said teachers had already been stretched to the limit and warned government not to push any further.

The department established the recovery plan to help learners catch-up with the syllabus after learners went six months without the necessary workbooks.