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NEHAWU Suspends Strike At NSFAS

Monday February 26, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has reached an agreement with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme [NSFAS] to bring to an end a 4 days long strike which was as a result of NSFAS management not meeting our demands tabled in September 2017.

The package which workers accepted as basis of suspending the strike contains an agreement to address salary anomalies for the following:

- Entry level for administrators to be moved from R175 156 per annum to R209 421 per annum
- Entry level for senior finance administrators to be moved from R209 156 per annum to R289 336 per annum;
- Entry level for board committee specialists to be moved from R289 336 per annum to R359 313 per annum;
The change of entry levels as reflected above came with a victory that those already in the employ in such posts means change of new salaries will be backdated to 1st November 2017.

The agreement also includes the permanent absorption of 75 employees whose contracts were coming to an end at the end of April 2018. The union has further scored a victory of a once off gratuity ranging from R4500 to R8500 for all employees who are part of the bargaining unit whilst both parties committed themselves on making performance management to work for the next financial year.

The other important victory is that of the development of a sexual harassment policy, review of recruitment policy in order to ensure that favoritism and abuse of power is fought tooth and nail in the workplace. Parties also agreed on agency fee agreement, but the exact amount of what should be paid will have to be finalized in the near future.

The union would like to register its appreciation to all its members whom despite some veiled threats of losing their jobs, or not having their contracts renewed remained determined to fight for what is just as informed by their reasonable demands.

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
or email: Visit NEHAWU website:

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