Social workers go on strike

2017-04-21 06:00
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THE national strike of social workers under the National Education­ Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has disrupted services in some Department of Social­ Development offices across the country.

The five-week-long strike affected services that assisted foster care beneficiaries, offered support to domestic violence victims and assisted the elderly to get into old-age homes, to name a few.

In Matatiele and Maluti, the social development offices were closed as social workers picketed outside and blocked the gates with burning tyres this week.

They are demanding a salary adjustment for level seven to level 10 workers, supervisors from level eight to 11, social auxiliary workers from level five to seven and social workers employed in places of safety to receive salary adjustment from level four to seven.

The Matatiele Nehawu branch secretary Zukile Keyizana, said social workers are “paid peanuts” for working hard.
He said the occupation specific dispensation was not implemented for social workers and must be reviewed by the department.
“We want the department to employ young unemployed people who were given bursaries to study social work at university.”

SAPS spokesman, Lieutenant Raphael Motloung said police will monitor the strike.

THE national strike of social workers under the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has disrupted services in some Department of Social Development offices across the country.

The five-week-long strike affected services that assisted foster care beneficiaries, offered support to domestic violence victims and assisted the elderly to get into old-age homes, to name a few.    

In Matatiele and Maluti, the social development offices were closed as social workers picketed outside and blocked the gates with burning tyres this week.
They are demanding a salary adjustment for level seven to 10 workers, supervisors from level eight to 11, social auxiliary workers from level five to seven and social workers employed in places of safety to receive salary adjustment from level four to seven.

The Matatiele Nehawu branch secretary Zukile Keyizana, said social workers are “paid peanuts” for working hard. He said the occupation specific dispensation was not implemented for social workers and must be reviewed by the department.

“We want the department to employ young unemployed people who were given bursaries to study social work at university. The department must also provide more resources, like cars, for social workers.”

SAPS spokesman, Lieutenant Raphael Motloung said police will monitor the strike.

 

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