NAPTOSA will celebrate with all South Africans in commemoration of Workers’ Day on the 1st of May 2017. As an officially recognised public holiday here and in many countries around the world, May Day or Workers’ Day, is honoured locally because of the role played by Trade Unions and other labour movements in the struggle for fair labour practices and the creation of better employment standards in the labour sector. NAPTOSA has, through its legacy organisations, served education since 1904 and fought for the rights of educators by participating in many memorable nationwide strikes for better conditions of service for teachers. To this day, NAPTOSA plays an important leading role in both the Education Labour Relation Council (ELRC) and the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) through the Combined Trade Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (CTU-ATU) and the Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) respectively.
NAPTOSA DISILLUSIONED BY THE APPOINTMENT OF FAITH MUTHAMBI
MEDIA STATEMENT - 3 April 2017
NAPTOSA DISILLUSIONED BY THE APPOINTMENT OF FAITH MUTHAMBI AS THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION (DPSA)
The President of NAPTOSA, Mr Nkosiphendule Ntantala, stated that the union noted with distress President Zuma’s irrational and inappropriate ‘Cabinet Reshuffle’ that has resulted in competent Ministers being removed, whilst some, who have clearly demonstrated incompetence, have been rewarded. This makes NAPTOSA very concerned that Faith Muthambi has been appointed as the Minister of the DPSA.
Faith Muthambi has a poor track record in her last position as Minister of Communications. Under her leadership the SABC stumbled from governance to governance crisis that ultimately led to the dissolution of the board. NAPTOSA is therefore astounded that she has been tasked with heading the lead department on human resource and collective bargaining matters in the public service. “How can the President believe that Faith Muthambi, after having failed in a small department like Communications, has the requisite skills to lead the public service, or is his deployment of her more sinister in that he wishes the public sector the same fate as Communications?”, asked Mr Ntantala.
THE YEAR OF OLIVER TAMBO: UNITY IN ACTION IN ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS
Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.This national day is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s unique Constitution, which gives equal rights to all.
Mr Oliver Tambo was committed to advancing human rights and fought against injustice and inequality in the courtrooms of South Africa. He would have been 100 years old this year. He was teacher of physics and mathematics at his alma mater. Former students taught by him recalled his engaging style of teaching and consider him an outstanding teacher. On completion of his law degree, he and the late President Nelson Mandela together opened the Mandela and Tambo law firm in 1952. It was the only all black African law firm in the country at the time.
THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION (DBE) CIRCULAR S1 OF 2017; GUIDELINES TO STRENGTHEN SECTION 4 OF THE CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT POLICY STATEMENT, GRADES R-11
NAPTOSA’s POSITION ON THE ABOVE The circular and guideline documents were issued earlier this week. NAPTOSA believes that it is important that members understand the possible implications of these documents and therefore wishes to highlight the following issues. Whilst NAPTOSA representatives participated in various forums (TDCM, CAPS Review Task Team and National and Provincial Subject Committees) where the need to make changes to Section 4 of the CAPS documents (this section deals with assessment in the relevant subject) were discussed, no definitive agreements on the required revisions were reached. As NAPTOSA we wish to challenge the false claim that is made in S1 of 2017(attached), which states:
The Employer announced today in the PSCBC that the salaries of public servants will increase on 1 April 2017 by 7.3%, in line with PSCBC Resolution 8 of 2015. The increase is made up of the projected CPI for the 2017/18 financial year (6.3%)+1%. According to the Employer the increase will be effected programmatically through the PERSAL system. Below are the DRAFT adjustment tables for 1 April 2017 reflecting 7.3% increase.
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