Sadtu issues strike notice

The Deputy Education Minister will lead a high-level team to meet with the teachers' union.

Sadtu has issued a strike notice and will conduct a ballot with its members to gauge support for the strike. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Basic Education says Deputy Education Minister Enver Surty will lead a high-level team to meet the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) to discuss their grievances.

The union has issued a strike notice and will now conduct a ballot with its members to gauge support for the strike.

Sadtu says it's a sad reality that teachers are the only public servants who receive a one percent pay progression while other public workers receive one and a half percent.

The union is also dissatisfied that Basic Education director-general Bobby Soobrayan is back at work.

Soobrayan was placed on paid leave pending a disciplinary hearing over his involvement in the Limpopo text book crisis.

He has since been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is willing to meet with Sadtu to listen to their grievances.

"We have received a letter from Sadtu requesting a meeting with the minister and we believe that during that meeting, the majority of issues will be resolved."