NEHAWU Currently Finalising Preparations For A Strike In All TVET Colleges Nationwide
07 February 2019
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] currently is finalising preparations for a national strike in all the Technical and Vocational Education and Training [TVET] and Community Education and Training [CET] colleges in the country.
Tomorrow the national union will convene a national meeting of its members from TVET and CET colleges across the country to finalise the action plan for the strike. The meeting will be attended by delegates from all nine provinces in preparation for the strike action to start on the 13th February 2019. Members of the media are invited to attend and to cover the meeting which will start at 10am at Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein.
This strike action comes after the facilitation and conciliation processes under the auspices of General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council [GPSBC] failed to yield any positive results. Our issues raised have been before the council since January 2017 after the department dismally failed to harmonize the condition of service for college employees since 2015 post the migration colleges to the Department of Higher Education and Training [DHET].
The union had numerous meetings with the department to try resolve our issues with no positive result and we ultimately had to follow the dispute resolution processes in the GPSSBC. NEHAWU members in all the colleges will be downing tools effectively from 06H00 am on 13th February 2019.
Some of the issues that has resulted in NEHAWU acquiring a strike certificate as mandated by our members are as follows:
- Since migration in 2015 our member’s salaries and other benefits has been stagnant and as such the college personnel is now less paid than their counterpart in the public service.
- The none application of section 198B of the Labour Relations Act for all qualifying contract workers in TVET and CET colleges and some colleges are terminating contracts of our members unilaterally.
- None deduction of pension benefit for CET staff employees.
- Transferring of all college paid staff into Persal.
- Non-implementation performance bonuses and grade progression
- Introduction of a new salary dispensation for TVET college staff
- Non-payment of outstanding benefits caused by dual pay system (37% in lieu of benefits)
- Failure by DHET to address all the issues that were raised in a memorandum of demands handed over to the Minister in 2017:
- Victimization and purging of NEHAWU Shop Stewards as well members in TVET Colleges.
- Reorganization of the examination unit which includes printing off all outstanding certificates and diplomas for college graduates.
- The removal of Director General and Deputy Director General-Corporate Services for failing to implement sound HR policies.
A press conference will be convened on Monday February 11, 2019 at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Hatfield at 9:30 to communicate details and state of readiness for the national strike.
Once more, we appeal to all workers to attend the strike in all nine provinces and report any employer who victimise workers who will participate as the strike is legally protected.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit NEHAWU website: www.nehawu.org.za
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