For the past few years the PILIR Policy has required applications for Incapacity Leave and Ill-Health Retirement (“medical boarding”) to be submitted to a Health Risk Manager for investigation and recommendation before the department approves or rejects them. The contracts for these outside service providers expired at the end of 2012, but the process of entering into new contracts was stalled, owing to a legal challenge. The Dept of Public Service and Administration has now announced that new Health Risk Managers have been appointed and the PILIR process will function normally again from 1 November 2013. It has not yet been determined how applications received between 1 January and 31 October 2013 will be dealt with. The DPSA Circular dated 1 November 2013 is available to members on request.

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Incapacity Leave and “Boarding”

 

For the past few years the PILIR Policy has required applications for Incapacity Leave and Ill-Health Retirement (“medical boarding”) to be submitted to a Health Risk Manager for investigation and recommendation before the department approves or rejects them.  The contracts for these outside service providers expired at the end of 2012, but the process of entering into new contracts was stalled, owing to a legal challenge. The Dept of Public Service and Administration has now announced that new Health Risk Managers have been appointed and the PILIR process will function normally again from 1 November 2013.  It has not yet been determined how applications received between 1 January and 31 October 2013 will be dealt with. The DPSA Circular dated 1 November 2013 is available to members on request.

 

  

Matric Tariffs

 

As reported previously, the status of ELRC CA 1 of 2011 (Matric Tariffs) was heard in the labour court on 12 to 14 August 2013. The Labour Court ruling has not yet been handed down and therefore there is nothing new to report.

 

Parity of Notches

 

The “parity of notches” relates to the demand from the teacher unions that the interval between notches should be increased from 1% to 1.5%. This matter is in dispute and the arbitration has been set down for 19 November 2013. NAPTOSA members are once again reminded that they should ignore rumours that salary scales have been adjusted and that educators will receive back pay w.e.f. from 2009. There is absolutely no truth in such rumours.

 

QMS for School-Based Educators

 

This matter remains on the ELRC agenda.  It is expected that an ELRC Bargaining Meeting will be held in the latter half of November.

 

EMS for Office-Based Educators

 

The EMS task team dealing with this matter is scheduled to meet on 14 November 2013. NAPTOSA serves on this task team. NAPTOSA is in possession of the 69 pages draft agreement of 16 August 2011, as well as draft job descriptions for office based educators, and these can be made available to members on request. It must be noted however that NAPTOSA is often reluctant to release information that is still in a draft form. NAPTOSA prefers to release information that is accurate.

 

GEMS Subsidy for Pensioners

 

This matter has not yet been resolved. NAPTOSA has written to National Treasury, as the DPSA alleges that the delay in the implementation of the equalisation of the GEMS subsidy for pensioners lies with National Treasury. Treasury has not yet responded to NAPTOSA’s enquiry.

 

Pension Rumours – Payment of Benefits by GEPF

 

Two emails regarding the GEPF rumours have already been mailed to NAPTOSA staff and others. The GEPF response to the rumours is available on the home page of their website:  www.gepf.gov.za

 

 

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