Nehawu agrees to wage offer

2010-10-12 14:34

The National Education, Health, and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) today provisionally resolved to accept government’s 7.5% wage increase offer and R800 housing allowance, a spokesperson said.

“As Nehawu, we took a resolution to sign the agreement, but this is a union decision not a labour movement decision,” Sizwe Pamla said.

“We still have to discuss it with the other unions, and consolidate a mandate.”

He was unsure what other unions had decided on.

Nehawu would meet other unions in Midrand this afternoon to get feedback on their resolutions.

“The likely outcome is that the offer on the table will be implemented.”

Today was the last day that unions had to decide whether to reject or accept the government’s offer.

Pamla explained that at this time of the year, it was unlikely that government would change their offer, and Nehawu was no longer prepared to strike.

“It’s October and we are supposed to start negotiations for 2011. So, as much as we are not satisfied with the offer, we have to settle this issue because our members need to start getting their increase and backpay as the year is almost over.” 

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