On Sunday, 9 August, South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of women’s equality. The first National Women's Day was celebrated in 1995. August has since been declared National Women’s Month. As we reflect on the last 20 years. Has anything changed? Reports suggest that eliminating violence against women is a prerequisite for gender equality and empowerment of women. Elimination of the gender disparity in education management is key to reducing the many dimensions of gender inequality.
Here are creative ways to get involved and make a difference during Women’s month:
- Get in touch with your local domestic violence shelter group and offer life skills services. - Sew simple cloth sanitary pads for girls who miss school due to lack of sanity pads. - Encourage girls to join or start women empowerment clubs. - Start a feminist book club! Read books by female authors, mentors young school girls. - Wear something purple in honour of the suffragettes on Women's Day (9 August) and get together with your female friends to celebrate Women’s Day. - Get involved with of Women’s networking groups such as Life line, ZAZI, Soul City Institute, SANAC Women’s Sector, RISE, Positive Women’s Network (PWN) and Caring4Girls.
Educate our girls today, empower women of tomorrow
Union success - 0.6% to be paid back to public servants
UNION SUCCESS ON 0.6% RECOVERY
Common sense and sterling leadership prevailed at a meeting of Unions, the Acting Minister Nathi Mthetwa of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) and Ministers of the mandating committee. The meeting held on 25 June 2015, initiated by the President of the ILC, Mr Basil Manuel, agreed that the outstanding 0.6% owed to public servants will be implemented with immediate effect.
A special PSCBC meeting was called last night at which a new draft resolution was tabled that confirmed the 7% increase for the current year and the projected CPI+1% for the periods 2016/17 and 2017/2018. However, in a disappointing turn of events, the “Safety net” Clauses (Clauses 3.5 and 3.6 of PSCBC Resolution 2 of 2015) had been removed. This means that if the projected CPI was lower than the actual CPI for the periods indicated there would be no claw-back of the shortfall.
The ILC is of the opinion that instead of removing the safety-net clauses an additional clause ought to have been included to clarify the position of the “claw- back” clause in the final year of the agreement. The majority party in the PSCBC signed-off Resolution 8 of 2015. This Resolution was not signed by the ILC. Whilst the agreement on the 7% is a victory, the ILC has serious reservations about the remaining period of the agreement.
With regard to the Medical Aid subsidy, the individual nature of the medical aid payments is delaying the payback, members are urged to be patient on this issue as it is receiving attention and is likely to be implemented in July 2015.
NAPTOSA thanks the leadership and members for their role in ensuring members rights are recognised and wishes all members a restful, well deserved winter vacation.
Wage agreement signed in the PSCBC -19 May 2015
The wage agreement for the period 2015/16 to 2017/18 was signed in the PSCBC on 19 May 2015. NAPTOSA is a signatory to the agreement. This means that members will receive the following:
COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT
2015/16 = 7% increase with effect from 1 April 2015 (based on projected CPI of 4,8% + 2,2%) 2016/17 = Projected CPI + 1% 2017/18 = Projected CPI + 1% (A safety net clause has been built into the agreement that will allow for the difference between the projected CPI and the actual CPI for the corresponding period either to be added to, or subtracted from, the adjustment for the following year depending on whether the actual CPI was higher or lower than the projected CPI)
MEDICAL SUBSIDY 28, 5% adjustment in the medical subsidy for in-service members belonging to GEMS limited to –
A maximum cap of R 925 p.m. per principal member and first dependent and R 565 p.m. per each additional dependent. An overall maximum cap of R 3545 p.m.
The President of NAPTOSA, Mr Basil Manuel, reacting to reports of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, which also impacted on schools, said in Pretoria today that NAPTOSA and all its members were shocked by these callous attacks. NAPTOSA condemned these attacks in the strongest possible terms as an affront on the dignity of all South Africans.
Mr Manuel stated that NAPTOSA, as a union of education professionals, is particularly concerned about the impact of these attacks on, teachers and learners. Schools, he said, have been left without the services of critical teachers who have been too afraid to report for duty. Learners have also been unsettled by the violence and some foreign nationals learners have been intimidated by their peers and have as a result missed out on schooling.
NAPTOSA calls on all teachers of worth to stand up against these dastardly acts. Mr Manuel further called on schools to protect foreign national teachers who provide a sterling service to the Country. NAPTOSA appeals to all teachers to use the power of education to fulfil their role as nation-builders and inculcate a culture of tolerance, acceptance and respect for all people irrespective of nationality, race, colour, culture or religious faith. Mr Manuel also deplored the actions of criminals exploiting the current situation by looting property and businesses as well as the assault of foreign nationals and called for decisive law enforcement.
UNITE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION MARCH 20 SEPTEMBER 2014
TEACHER UNIONS UNITE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
South Africa’s major education unions SADTU, NAPTOSA and SAOU are joining millions of teachers, learners, education leaders and education employees around the globe to celebrate the culmination of the Unite for Quality Education Campaign which has run for a year.
Education International (EI) – a global teacher and education employees’ union federation, with a membership of 30 million teachers world-wide is spearheading the Campaign.
The Campaign was launched in New York and Paris in 2013.Six cities on six continents across the world have been chosen to host the culminating activities this year. Pretoria in South Africa is one of the six cities chosen to host the event. Othercities include Sydney, Australia; New Delhi, India; Brussels, Belgium; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and New York, USA. Additional events are also being planned in other cities around the world. South Africa will host a Unite for Quality Education march in Pretoria that will involve members and leaders from the three unions, together with learners and the general public.
Marchers will assemble at Prince’s Park in central Pretoria at 9am on Saturday, 20 September 2014, before moving to Frances Baard Street and then along Sophie De Bryn Street to Ditsong National Museum for Cultural History in Visagie Street, where the event will be formally addressed by the Ministers of Basic Education– Angie Motshekga and Minister of Higher Education and Training - Blade Nzimande, the Presidents from the three unions (SADTU, NAPTOSA and SAOU) and the EI General Secretary.