Legislature workers strike

2010-08-05 14:25

Workers at the Free State legislature went on strike today, their union said.

Provincial secretary of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), Bereng Soke, said the strike was a result of unresolved issues they had submitted in a memorandum last year.

Soke said: “The workers in the Free State legislature are united and have vowed to fight tooth and nail to end the hostility of the management and force them to address the issues of the workers.”

He said the workers were demanding that a service provider be appointed to determine job descriptions, salary progressions, evaluation of posts, job grading and performance management systems.

They also want the implementation of a car allowance as tabled at the Bargaining Forum, among others.

Soke said Nehawu had exhausted all avenues to resolve the issues and a notice to strike was served to the legislature’s management on July 27.

“The members of the provincial legislature need to be aware that they cannot achieve any of their goals without the crucial contribution of the support staff which deserves to be rewarded and treated fairly without any discrimination,” Soke said.

Free State legislature spokesperson Jongi Ndakana said the only outstanding issue with the union was the car allowance.

He said: “They want a blanket car allowance for all workers implemented and we cannot allow that.”

Ndakana said their efforts to further discuss the issue of a car allowance were ignored.

Activities at the legislature were continuing despite the strike, according to Ndakana.

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