The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] met with its branch from Wholesale and Retail SETA yesterday to discuss issues confronting members and workers in general which are ranging from administration and governance.
The national union has requested a meeting with the management of the SETA with a view to get answers in relation to the issues raised by our members which include amongst others: intimidation, union bashing and unpaid performance bonuses, etc. In this meeting, we will further raise the issue of maladministration and corruption that is taking place at the SETA and share the avenues the union is willing to explore in exposing it including ensuring that those found to have looted the funds of the SETA face punitive measures.
Relations have broken down between the branch and the management thus the matter is elevated to the national office of the union to pursue. A range of issues remains unresolved because the management elected to disregard as if there is no recognition agreement entered to. As NEHAWU, we refuse to be treated with disdain while the management uses its resources and at times bend its rules and procedures to persecute our members and workers. Failure to resolve these matters the union will elevate them to the Board as a governing structure for resolution. In this regard, we will commence with plans to embark on an industrial action if our meetings with the management and SETA Board does not bear fruits.
Our demands are as follows:
• Intimidation and victimisation of our members: most of our members on fixed term contract had their contracts cut prematurely and some had their salaries cut for raising alarm about issues of corruption and maladministration.
• Suspension of branch leadership to mute the union: The secretary and deputy secretary of the branch were suspended with intention to dismiss them for performing their duties. This was deliberate and well planned agenda to dislodge NEHAWU. Their positions are advertised while the disciplinary process is ongoing. The management issued workers with final written warnings to all NEHAWU members for participating on a strike without a disciplinary process.
• Bargaining rights of the union: The acting CEO refuses to recognise NEHAWU and treats the union with total disregard.
• Unpaid performance bonuses: In 2015, the employer committed the payment of 13th cheque as per approval from REMCO on behalf of the board. The board then rescinded this decision without substantive reason and the bonuses were not paid to this day. In 2017, the employer unilaterally withdrawn the performance bonus payment to staff from 14% to 10% after it was approved. While senior management pocketed millions in bonuses.
• Corruption, maladministration including wasteful expenditure by the SETA. The union has information and evidence that our legal is perusing with an intention to share it with the hawks, open criminal cases and also elevate it to the Minister of Higher Education and Training. The executives awarded contracts outside SCM processes and in violation of section 45 of the PFMA to their friends worth millions including Bowman Gilfillan Inc., Webber Wentzel, NEXUS Forensic Services, Media and writers Firm, SET, Cyanre [safety and security] and Executive Recruitment.
• Union bashing
• Conversion of contracts into permanent jobs as per the LRA
• Transformation of the SETA
Our members are highly mobilised for a fight with the management. We demand that the management must meet us in order to engage in good faith as members shall not tolerate any more the arrogance and intransigence. NEHAWU will always expose the scourge of corruption wherever it rears its ugly head.
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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