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Gauteng LSEN NF 1/2013: Gauteng OSD for Therapists and Psychologists: 5%Cash Amount

GAUTENG:  OSD FOR THERAPISTS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS:  5% CASH AMOUNT

 

Therapists and psychologists appointed on Therapy/Psychology rank codes (refer to NAPTOSA LSEN News Flashes 12 and 13 of 2012) received their 5% cash bonus in December last year (at last!).  Therapists and psychologists who did not receive payments last year, were paid last week.  It has unfortunately expired that many of these therapists and psychologists/counsellors were paid erroneously.  They should not have received the payment due to the following reasons:

·         They were not employed on 30 June 2010.  (Many therapists employed after 1 July 2010 received the payment – incorrectly so).

·         Only therapists and psychologists appointed on the correct rank codes should have received the 5% payment.  We indicated in NAPTOSA LSEN News Flash 13 of 2012 that implementation rules still had to be developed for those therapists and psychologists appointed on educator rank codes before payments can be done. 

·         Amounts cannot be calculated based on the educator OSD salary scale.  We indicated in News Flash LSEN 12 and 13 of 2012 that an employee cannot get OSD based on another OSD scale.  In order to calculate the 5%, the educator non-OSD salary scales should have been used.

 

Please note that if an incorrect payment was made, it has to be paid back. We have requested a meeting with GDE to specifically discuss this issue. 

 

For therapists and psychologists appointed on the correct rank codes, the next step is the adjustment of their current salaries to the OSD salary notches.  Back payments in this regard will only be effected once the new salary notch is registered on Persal.  We stated in previous news flashes that this is a process that has to be done manually.  The Department of Basic Education (DBE) indicated in the ELRC that this process should be concluded during the first term.  NAPTOSA has been in contact DBE on a weekly basis to enquire about the implementation of the agreement.  There unfortunately seems to be currently a communication gap between DBE and the provinces.  We have requested DBE’s immediate attention to this matter. 

 

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NAPTOSA INFORMATION MEETING FOR OFFICE-BASED PSYCHOLOGISTS, COUNSELLORS AND THERAPISTS (INCLUDING POST LEVEL 2 AND 3 PSYCHOLOGISTS BASED AT SPECIAL SCHOOLS

 

NAPTOSA office-based members (psychologists/counsellors/teherapists) and post level 2 and 3 psychologists based at schools, as well as other interested persons, are invited to attend the following meeting:

 

Date and time:     Saturday, 9 February 2013, at 08:30 for 09:00

Venue:                Parktown High School for Girls (Pavilion), Tyrone Avenue, Park View

 

On the agenda:            

 

·         What about the 5% paid/not paid to office-based psychologists, counsellors and therapists?

·         What does the OSD for office-based psychologists, counsellors and therapists entail?

·         How will current salaries be translated to the OSD scale?

·         What about the inclusive remuneration package?  (All counsellors and psychologists and post level 5 therapists will be put on the inclusive remuneration package).

 

 

Please fax/e-mail the reply slip to the NAPTOSA Gauteng office on or before Thursday, 7 February 2013 (011 4862899 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

REPLY SLIP

 

Name:____________________________________      Office/district:  __________________________

 

Contact number:  ___________________________          Number of people attending: _______________