– 21 September 2010

No work, no pay – Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is sticking to her guns regarding the principle of “no work, no pay” during the recent educators strike.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, she said she remained committed to the principle. The deductions would be staggered over a three-month period as set out in the draft agreement on the salaries for 2010.

The department had already started collating information on employees who went on strike. The deductions would be made based on the number of days each employee was on strike. Two provinces had already proceeded with the deductions while the other seven were finalizing the collation of information to enable them to proceed.

Regarding the impact of the strike, Motshekga said some provinces reported there was either a total or semi shutdown of head office, district offices and schools. In other provinces, the situation had been different with some areas functioning normally.

In areas where there was a total or semi shut down, no effective schooling could take place, since the majority of learners were either on strike or had been “victimized from entering the buildings”. This resulted in a number of valuable school days lost. - Sapa