Union meets at Tvet college

2017-02-02 06:02

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THE National Educational Health Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), Lower South Coast branch secretary held a meeting at Esayidi Tvet College, Port Shepstone Campus, with 240 members in celebration of recent victories in the higher education sector and at the college.

Student representatives also attended and addressed members in support of South African Further Education and Training Student Association’s (Safeta) 2017 Tvet College shut-down.

Branch secretary Chad Davey said the meeting was held to celebrate victories after some of their demands had finally been attended to.

Last year Nehawu sent a list of demands to college management and Department of Higher Education and Training regarding employment and enrolment issues at the college.

One of the issues was that of the permanent placement of a head of department at the Port Shepstone campus because Mr V. Bansee had been acting in this position for over two years.

Davey said thanks to pressure from Nehawu leadership and drawn-out battle, Bansee was appointed head.

Another issue was that of contract staff at the college.

“Upon returning for the 2017 academic year the resolution of keeping the status quo of the 2015/16 academic year was immediately violated when contract staff contracts were terminated.

“They were told to wait for positions to be advertised and new enrolment figures were issued, with a drastic drop.

“Jobs were essentially terminated and students were turned away in masses.”

Davey said they learnt that contract staff had been called back and contracts had been renewed, however, there are still issues that the department has not yet addressed.

“Members noted there are still outstanding issues the department has not addressed, outstanding December marking payments, unmanageable workloads for lecturers, incorrect salary scales and most notably enrolment cutting affecting students and more,” said Davey.

SRC president Thembelihle Shusha also addressed the meeting informing members of student grievances.

He said they have grievances relating to National Student Finacial Assistance Scheme, an outdated curriculum, expansion of student enrolment, skills development, corruption, nepotism and more and urged unions Sadtu and Nehawu­ to work together to achieve common goals.

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