Parliament workers down tools again

2016-09-08 11:38
Nehawu members gather outside the gates of Parliament. (Paul Herman, News24)

Nehawu members gather outside the gates of Parliament. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town – Workers affiliated to the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) in Parliament have once again downed tools.

Following a week of lunch time pickets, workers protested outside two Parliament entrances on Thursday.

The protest is part of an ongoing dispute between the workers and Parliament secretary Gengezi Mgidlana, who they accuse of being arrogant.

The protesters were joined by suspended parliamentary branch chairperson Sthembiso Tembe and Nehawu-affiliated ANC caucus employees, who bemoaned their working conditions.

Workers would down tools until the suspensions of Tembe and other Nehawu members were lifted, they said on Thursday, while singing and dancing in Plein Street.

Last year, workers downed tools for weeks over bonuses and staff grading.  Police fired rubber bullets at strikers during a stand-off in November. 

The protests this year are to do with salary deductions stemming from the 2015 protests, and are also demonstrations of solidarity with the suspended workers. 

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