The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] convened its national public service bargaining forum to process mandates from regional bargaining forums that were convened on the week of the 7th to 14th May 2018 on the current offer by the employer.
NEHAWU as a worker based red union will always listen to the directives of its members at all material times hence it had to table provincial views in the national bargaining forum for consolidation into one national position of the national union regarding the employer’s offer. At this national meeting, the union reaffirms its position that it will always be on the side of its members, as a result the leadership of the national union was mandated to engage the employer to improve its offer on the following three issues: 1) abolishing or enhancement of level 1 to 3, 2) delinking and 3) Resolution 3 of 2009. In this regard, the national union remains committed to its value of taking very serious the process of consulting members before taking decision that have a direct bearing on its members.
After an extensive and rigorous consultation process the union has taken a decision to further robustly engage the employer to consider our initial position. Indeed, our members are extremely unhappy with the offer and hold a strong view that to accept it as it is will be a great loss. These three following issues are sticking areas for our members:
• The abolition of salary level 1 -3. The employer vehemently refuses to abolish or to enhance the lowest salary levels which subjects our members to indecent salaries. Currently, the union is considering to opt for other avenues available at its disposal if the employer refuses to concede to our do or die demands in favour of workers.
• The immediate implementation of PSCBC Resolution 03 of 2009 which has dragged on for almost 11 years has a direct bearing on the lower levels of 1 -3 as it delays the progression of members to upper salary levels.
• The delinking of the housing allowance of spouses as it discriminates on marital status. Indeed, our members are unhappy with the staggering of the implementation date to next year and demands that the implementation of the delinking takes place this year.
NEHAWU shall never abandon nor betray its members for any reason(s) hence it shall never sign any agreement that does not have their approval. Our members and workers can be rest assured that NEHAWU will always have their best interest at heart hence it will never sacrifice them. The national union holds a strong view that these are both reasonable and genuine demands and is more than ready to fight in defence of its members as this is a fight we are not prepared to lose. In this regard, if all fails, the national will consult more its members on a concrete way forward.
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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