SADTU Members demonstrating in Support of Colleagues in Swaziland The leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has voted to ban teachers' strikes. A National Executive Committee meeting of the ANC this weekend voted to ban teachers' strikes, according to reports on the internet. The trade union centre COSATU, of which the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) is a part, has said it will oppose the move. SADTU has a proud tradition of fighting for social justice and education in South Africa. Teachers and their unions played a leading role in the struggle against apartheid and SADTU was formed in 1990, when teachers of all races joined together to found one union. However the struggle for social justice is far from over. Teachers took an important part in the public sector strike of August 2010. Since then they have taken action against school closures, lack of resources and low pay. Like teaching unions in most parts of the world, SADTU does not go on strike lightly - but sometimes it is the only way to make a difference. The ANC's plan to ban teachers' strikes is a shocking infringement of teachers' democratic rights and a betrayal of their history and role in South Africa.