Members defy Nehawu bosses

2010-09-08 00:00

MEMBERS of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) are up in arms against their leaders after what they termed “poor decision-making”.

This comes after the unions, led by labour federation Cosatu, had called off their 20-day national strike temporarily pending the outcome of consultations with their members in the next 21 days.

Nehawu members in various government departments in Pietermaritzburg didn’t bother to go to work yesterday in defiance of the call by their leaders.

Instead they gathered at the union’s offices in Chapel Street, venting their anger at their leaders for the decision to call the strike off.

“Who did they consult before taking that decision? The leadership has compromised us because these people [the government] will think we are just a joke as we have not achieved what we had downed the tools for,” said one unhappy member.

Nehawu regional secretary Khaye Nkwanyana said the local leadership received phone calls from angry members on Monday afternoon.

“We acknowledge that the leadership was wrong for not consulting before accepting the deal. Nehawu general secretary Fikile Majola will be in town on Friday to address the members,” he said.



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