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ANC appalled by SADTU strike threat in Soweto

23 October 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) is appalled by the conduct of the South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) for threatening strike action, set to disrupt examinations in Soweto.

We see this action as portraying SADTU as the worst example of a public sector union in the country for alienating the community and learners by threatening to go on strike and disrupting the exams.

The "no-work, no-pay" agreement, which was signed during a 2007 strike, simply means that the deductions should be deducted by month end.

We deplore this week`s irresponsible act by hundreds of Soweto teachers who abandoned lessons to discuss deductions on their salaries. We call on learners and the Soweto community to stand up for their rights.

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe
Secretary General
African National Congress

Brian Sokutu 071 671 6899