Nehawu members threaten to strike

2011-07-06 13:00

National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) members marched to the Joburg office of Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane today, threatening to go on strike, the union said.

This followed the failure of the management in the agriculture department to address issues raised about salaries and working conditions by workers over the past 18 months, said Nehawu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla.

He said in a statement that if Mokonyane failed to “comprehensively respond” within 14 days a strike by its members within the department could not be ruled out.

In a memorandum handed to Mokonyane, the union demanded that phases one and two of the occupation specific dispensation, by which the salaries of public professionals are meant to be reviewed, be fully implemented.

There should be a review and correct implementation of job evaluation co-ordination for all agriculture posts.

Nehawu also demanded management stop the “selective and unprocedural” withdrawal of subsidised vehicles by facilities management.

It wanted performance management to be implemented and the development system to involve all deserving members.

All salary discrepancies for administrative staff within the department should be corrected, and parking space should be made available for all officials.

This should be managed by the department and not outsourced.

It also demanded that a plan to stop some expanded public works programme projects, which would leave 1 000 people unemployed, be abandoned.

Also that all funded vacant posts be filled immediately as per resolution one of 2007.

“Our union is gravely disturbed by the anti-union and anti-worker tactics that have been directed at our leaders and members in the department,” Pamla said.

The union would not be deterred from transforming the department and ensuring that it was fully equipped and capable to serve South Africa, he said.

The premier’s spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

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