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NEHAWU Signs Settlement Agreement With The Department of Social of Social Development and Suspends Strike

Social Development

13 April 2017

The National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has signed a settlement agreement with the Department of Social Development. The agreement was signed on Wednesday April 12, 2017 after lengthy and difficult marathon negotiations.

NEHAWU has since suspended the strike which has lasted more than five weeks. However, we still need 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]. When these matters are eventually finalised at the Bargaining Council, we will then call off the strike permanently.

Workers are expected to return to work on Friday April 14, 2017 for those who work shifts and other employees will return on Tuesday April 18, 2017.

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WFTU in Solidarity with NEHAWU for the NEHAWU National Day of Action in the Social Development Sector

Soocial Development March

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of the 92 million workers in every continent, expresses its deep class solidarity with its affiliate NEHAWU from South Africa on the Occasion of its National Day of Action in the Social Development Sector on the 10th February 2017 in the fight for improved conditions of workers in general and specifically the Public Social Development Sector.

We fully adopt the message of the workers: “We shall take the matter to the streets”, we call them to intensify their struggle for their rights. The workers in the social Development Sector have to face the privatization and outsourcing in many sectors that have to be offered free by the state. The NEHAWU demands which we fully support are:

  • The review of entry levels for Social Service Professionals and Occupations, the total overhaul of the OSD, introduction of rural allowance;
  • Provision of tools of trade, absorption of unemployed Social Workers on a permanent basis;
  • Improved conditions of service for all employees in the department of Social Development;
  • Implementation of the 2015 Social Work Indaba resolutions and
  • The protection of the professional council for Social Service Professionals.

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