In September 2012, a Collective agreement (1 of 2012) was signed in ELRC, after a four year struggle to finalise the OSD for Therapist, counsellors and Psychologists. However , Five months later problems began to surface in KZn with reports of the province not having the funds to pay these specialists - a group of professionals who provide a critical service to learners with special needs.
NAPTOSA KZN communicated with the Department of Education and Finacne held meetings with departmental officials, referred a dispute, requestd that a compliance order be issued and explored numerous other avenues to resolve the impasse.
More recently a placard demonstration was scheduled for 12 September outside of the offices of the Department with the intervention of the leadership and KZN NAPTOSA Office the matter was finally resolved.
The talks and correspondence between the leaddership of NAPTOSA, the National Department of Basic Education and the KZN Department of Education continued unabated and resulted in the following message which was sent to NAPTOSA on 30 August 2013 st 16:27 by the Director of Labour Relations in the National Department of Basic Education:
Kindly be informed that the KZN Department of education will by 01 October 2013 comply with the provisions of ELRC Collective agreement 1 of 2012 and the results cost a living adjustment. The Chief Director (HR) from the KZN Department will also confirm this soon.
The Head of Department has since confirmed payments and the payment will be made in October.
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