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Should education be made an essential service?

19 June 2018 3:21 PM
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Teachers strike
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Chairperson of the Essential Services Committee Luvuyo Bono explains the process of declaring a service essential.

The Democratic Alliance has made a request to declare teaching as an essential service.

Following this, A government agency is investigating whether to declare teachers and education support staff essential services.

The probe has potentially far-reaching implications, as workers who are deemed to render essential services have a limited right to strike.

The Labour Relations Act defines an essential service as one that, if interrupted, would endanger the life, personal safety or health of part of or all of the population.

What we are doing now is merely to investigate whether we should consider declaring education as an essential service. The context is quite important.

Luvuyo Bono, Chairperson of the Essential Services Committee

The test is quite simple, the test is simply whether there would be an endangerment if that service is withdrawn. So if the educators are not there, there would be an endangerment to personal safety, health and life. So it's those three things.

Luvuyo Bono, Chairperson of the Essential Services Committee

The DA is saying there should be a minimal number of teacher when there is a strike.

Luvuyo Bono, Chairperson of the Essential Services Committee

Listen to how the committee will conduct investigations...


19 June 2018 3:21 PM
Tags:
Health
Education
Department of Education
Teachers strike
essential services
pupils

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