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n South African Journal of Education - Om te staak of nie te staak nie? Die sieninge van 'n aantal swart opvoeders
To strike or not to strike? The views of a number of black educators.
South African educators' right to strike is protected by the Labour Relations Act and the Bill of Rights. Educators' right to strike is not an absolute right, as exercising this right may lead to violation of the rights of learners. According to education stakeholders who are critical of educators' participating in strikes or threatening to strike, educators should regard their responsibility towards learners as of greater importance than their own interests. First of all a literature review - against the background of the above statement of the problem - of the reasons for, goals and functions of strikes in general is provided, as well as of educator strikes. Secondly I report on an empirical investigation of the views of a group of black educators on their right to strike, as well as the reasons why they have participated in strikes or not.
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