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Sadtu, Basic Education go to court

Sadtu and the dept face off over the union’s demands that a collective agreement be reinstated.

Sadtu and the department go head to head over the union’s demands that a collective agreement be reinstated. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - The Labour Court in Johannesburg will on Monday hear a dispute between the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) and the Basic Education Department.

The union is demanding the department keep to its agreement to give a tariff increase to teachers who marked the exam papers of Grade 12 pupils last year.

It has said it will continue its efforts to reinstate a collective agreement signed between teacher unions and the department in 2011.

The matter was first heard in March when Sadtu argued that the termination of the agreement was unfair and unlawful.

The union's Nomusa Cembi said, "We would like to see the court ruling in our favour because we sincerely believe that what the department did by withdrawing the collective agreement was improper. It disregarded the collective agreement processes."