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Naptosa: Teachers will not benefit

2012-06-20 17:17

Johannesburg - Teachers will not benefit from a new pay offer by the state for public servants, teachers' union Naptosa said on Wednesday.

National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA president Ezrah Ramasehla said the union had come to realise this "on closer analysis".

Naptosa welcomed an invitation to return to the bargaining table to find an amicable solution.

"(But) the statements made by (Public Service) Minister (Lindiwe Sisulu) need to be put into proper perspective," Ramasehla said.

Sisulu said on Tuesday that the government had offered civil servants a 9% raise, made up of a 6.5% salary rise and a 2.5% increase in benefits.

The government offer included the recognition of long service, an increase in night shift allowance, a cash bonus of 10% of an employee's salary on improvement of qualifications, and an increase in shop steward, family responsibility, and pre-natal leave.

It also offered an increase in the monthly housing allowance from R800 to R900 with the allowance to be converted into a subsidy towards a bond on the introduction of the government employees housing scheme, said Sisulu.

Ramasehla said the increase and the benefits would affect teachers differently.

The 6.5% salary increase was 0.6% above National Treasury's projected consumer price index of 5.9% for 2012/13. This meant the "real increase" was only 0.6%, he said.

The night shift allowance did not apply to teachers, so it did not form part of the increased wages.

"The cash bonus for improved qualifications will only come into effect in January 2013 and the cash bonus will be paid on successful completion of the studies, which may be in 2014 or even later," Ramasehla said.

He said there were also "no guarantees" on the increased housing allowance.

"Indications are that the allowance will be converted into a subsidy towards a bond once the housing scheme is implemented, and those employees who do not have a bond will forfeit their allowance."

Comments
  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-20 17:34

    YEAH VOTE ANC FOR A BETTER LIFE. NO MONEY FOR SALARY INCREASE. MONEY FOR INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND. MONEY FOR ZUMATENDERSHIP. BETTER LIFE FOR ANC MINISTERS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. VOTERS STILL STRUGGLING.

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-06-20 18:10

    They will give you 600 increase and 800 decrease when they take housing allowance away because you don't have a Bond ANC is a good honest employer ha ha ha ha good luck

  • matthew.rensburg.1 - 2012-06-20 18:33

    dumb asses. that breakdown of increase equates to under 5.5percent. bwahaha... not even education minister can do basic math... hahaha... useless anc... bwahaha...

  • ditaba.mokoena - 2012-06-21 05:55

    I agree wit Naptosa dat our teachers not gaining 4rom dis increase and why should govrnmend wnt to change house allowance to subsidy cos they knw not all government employee had houses? I think its time we had to use our mind whn we vote 4da party dat witll form government dat will thnk abt its employees! 9% its insult!

  • ditaba.mokoena - 2012-06-21 06:12

    Why teachers new minister? Or u already got replacement for them I guess!

  • nicola.killops - 2012-06-21 06:17

    The irony is that as a teacher I spend many nights marking, planning and doing admin way into the small hours.We cant refer to it as night shift I guess. They carefully word in our terms of employment that we have no set hours and can be required to perform our duties at any time of day on any day of the week without additional compensation. We are also not permitted to 'moonlight' or do anything at all for additional compensation. Pay us better and there wont be a need to 'moonlight'.

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