Union members happy with memo response

2016-11-17 06:00

Esayidi TVET Nehawu members are happy with the response they got from the Department of Higher Education and Training head after receiving their memorandum of demands on 8 November.

Nehawu members from Esayidi colleges in the district joined a march in Pietermaritzburg last Thursday in support of the same demands they had submitted to the college Rector, Dr Sipho Nzimande last Tuesday.

Yolanda Khumalo of the local Nehawu branch leadership at the Esayidi central office said the college rector received a response the same day the memorandum was sent to head office.

Khumalo said Feroz Patel, the department’s director general, said the college should act fast on the demands of the staff.

Khumalo forwarded the Fever a copy of an email sent to the rector, which stated that it must be noted that the Department of Higher Education and Training has not decreased any funding for 2017 compared to 2016 therefore all staff paid through Department of Higher Education and Training will continue to be employed with no reduction in staff.

In the email it was also mentioned that the college head acts on the memo demands on the condition of service for college employed employees, decreases in enrolment due to the end of projects such as Seta, NSF and other third stream funding, or the exhaustion of the college.
Khumalo has also confirmed that students have not been affected as only Nehawu staff picketed the rest of the staff were in college continuing with studies and examinations.

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