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NEHAWU In The Process Of Seeking A Mandate From Members On Social Development Impasse

Friday, February 23, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] convened a meeting on Monday and Tuesday of its National Secretariat and Provincial Secretaries to concretise the organisational national plan for the year, 2018. The matter of non-implementation of the 2017 agreement clarifying the framework of going back to the Bargaining Council between NEHAWU and the Department of Social Development came up sharply. At the end of the discussion, all Provincial Secretaries of the national union were directed to go back to their provinces to source a mandate from members in relation to the current impasse culminating from the refusal by the department to implement the agreement as signed on the 12th April 2017.

According to the settlement agreement, parties still needed to conclude negotiations in the Bargaining Council in relation to the details of both the Rural Allowance and the Review of Occupational Specific Dispensation [OSD]. A task team consisting of both NEHAWU and the employer was to be established to monitor the implementation of the agreement and to ensure swift resolution of challenges which may arise. However, all these never materialised and has since caused dejection for our members.

As a result, the national union has decided to write an urgent letter to Minister, Bathabile Dlamini for her urgent attention, before it’s too late as we are considering other avenues available at our disposal, in order to lead a process bringing these matters to finality. We have given the Minister of Social development two weeks to be precise to respond favourably to our demands and it is important to highlight the fact that failure to do so will unfortunately leave the union with no option but to implement the mandate from members which possible might direct the union to go back to the street including opting for a legal route.

Truly and faithfully, our members have been patient far too long and cannot afford to wait beyond watching the department applying delaying tactics. In this regard, NEHAWU wants to categorically warn the department of Social Development not to take our members and workers for granted as it will be forced to revoke the suspended strike in defence of its member’s right to bargain. It is at this point that we call upon the Minister to take her responsibility as an Executive Authority to facilitate an amicable and lasting solutions to long-outstanding issues raised in order to avert any eventuality which potentially might impact negatively on service delivery and labour peace.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat
Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500
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