SADTU Members Demonstrating for Quality Education
A strike by workers in the Department of Education in the Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa has been declared illegal by the courts
The workers - mainly office-based who were due to be joined by teachers are all members of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU). The secretary of the Kwazulu Natal branch, KK Nkosi said he did not understand why the strike had been declared illegal when the union had given the Department of Education the correct notice about their intention to strike. Department officials warned strikers to go back to work or be deemed to be in breach of their contracts and liable for dismissal.
SADTU has made it clear that it will challenge the ruling in the courts and that it will intensify its action if its concerns are not addressed which include accusations of corruption and nepotism.