HUMAN RIGHTS DAY!
The theme for this year’s Human Rights month is “Unity, socio-economic renewal and nationbuilding”. NAPTOSA fully supports the aspect of socio-economic renewal, but as said many times before, not at the expense of dedicated public servants. Socio-economic renewal should focus on the “bad apples” in the economy – the State-owned Enterprises, the dysfunctional municipalities and the entrenched corruption that appears to continue unabated despite the focus that has been placed on this blight. NAPTOSA calls on the state as employer to strengthen its governance and deal decisively with cost drivers in the public service such as:
• Cost of office accommodation
• Use of consultants
• Information and communication technology (ICT)
• Irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure, and
• Cadre deployment As far as unity and nation-building are concerned, NAPTOSA can hold its own with the best of them. In the education sector we remain the union with the most diverse membership, but it has never undermined our unity. The manner in which our members unify under the banner of “Serve with Dignity”, notwithstanding our different backgrounds, views and beliefs, is a shining example of effective nation-building. As a union, we also do not shy away from working with other organisations with whom we might principally differ, if it is for the greater good of our nation or our members. The respect garnered by our diversity and unity has enabled us to play a far more influential role in the education sector than what our size suggests.