Last year, when the agreement to end the salary dispute was finally signed in the PSCBC, the focus was on the multi-term general salary increase provisions. We briefly reported some of the other changes and additions to conditions of service.

 

PSCBC – There was much more to Resolution 1 than just a salary increase (Part 1)

 

Last year, when the agreement to end the salary dispute was finally signed in the PSCBC, the focus was on the multi-term general salary increase provisions.  We briefly reported some of the other changes and additions to conditions of service. 

 

1.              Resolution 1 of 2012:  Long service recognition

1.1   A new policy with regard to the recognition of long service in the public service (including education) was implemented on 1 July 2012.  State employees (including educators) who reach(ed) the milestone of 20, 30 or 40 years’ service on or after 31 July 2012,  will be awarded  as follows:

Ten (10) years’ service:  A certificate and extra leave days (if applicable – refer to par 1.3 below); 20 years’ service:   A certificate and a cash amount of R7,500.00; 30 years’ service:  A certificate and a cash amount of R15,000.00; 40 years’ service:  A certificate and a cash amount of  R20,000.00 

1.1      Employees who had 20 or 30 years’ service before 31 July 2012 are still eligible for a certificate (20 years’ service) and a certificate and cash amount of R4610 (2012 amount).  Both categories may still apply for the encashment of 10 days’ capped leave (20 years’ service) and 15 days’ capped leave (30 years’ service).  Capped leave will only be paid out if the employee has sufficient days’ leave to his/her credit.  The 10/15 days capped leave will be deducted from the total amount of capped leave days the employee has.

1.2   School-based public servants with 10 years’ or more service will qualify for 30 working days’ annual leave instead of the 27 days they currently have.  The will now have to take 25 days’ leave during a holiday period (school closure period).  The other 5 working days’ annual leave may be taken during a school term.

1.3      Office-based educators and public servants with 10 years’ or more service will qualify for 30 working days’ annual leave instead of the current 26.

1.4      The increase in the number of annual leave days is not applicable to educators.

 

2         Night shift allowance (applicable to public servants on night shift at special schools hostels)

The night shift allowance is increased as follows:  R2,69 per hour from 1 July 2012;  R3,35 per hour from 1 July 2013 and R4,00 per hour from 1 July 2014.  The allowance will be revised annually and effective from 1 April.  Night shift period is defined as from 18:00 to 06:00 or 19:00 to 07:00.

 

3         Resolution 1/2012: Recognition of improved qualifications

3.1      Public servants

 

3.1.1 For the first time the employer will recognise improved qualification of public servants.  The qualification must be related to an employee’s scope of work and must enhance the employee’s performance and the service delivered by him/her.  The employer is working on a document that will contain a list of recognised qualifications in the public service.

3.1.2 Upon attainment of the recognised qualification, the employee will receive a once-off cash bonus of 10% of his/her annual salary notch, provided this does not exceed the minimum notch of salary level 8.

3.1.3 The cash bonus will be payable to employees for qualifications attained on or after 1 January 2013.

3.1.4 Public servants with state-funded bursaries are not eligible for the cash bonus.

3.1.5 The cash bonus is limited to the attainment of only one additional qualification.

 

3.2      Educators

3.2.1 The provisions for the recognition of improvement of qualifications applicable to educators remain in place (paragraph 4.5 of Chapter B of the Personnel Administrative Measures (PAM) as the current measures are more favourable than the measures above agreed to in the PSCBC.

3.2.2 The only more favourable condition that will also affect educators is that educators will receive a once-off cash bonus of 10% of their annual salary notch, provided that this does not exceed the notch equal to public servants’ minimum notch of salary level 8 (currently it is the notch equal to public servants’ minimum notch of salary level 7).  However, the ELRC has to first discuss and agree on the application of this improved measure for educators.

 

To All School Management Teams, irrespective of Union affiliation: Please take note that NAPTOSA is organizing a very important conference on the Management of CAPS for principals, Deputies and HODs. This will take place at Orion Safari Lodge on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. For more information, check with Nthabiseng at 014 592-4447. Watch the space for News Flash 12 of 2013, which will provide details and registration forms. You can’t miss this conference. The other subject and Grade focussed workshops are going ahead every Saturday at Sol Plaatjie Primary School in Mafikeng and Laerskool Rustenburg Noord in Rustenburg. Don’t lose out! You snooze, you lose!