Nehawu furious with KZN Legislature HOD

2011-07-25 00:00

MEMBERS of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) are furious at the decision by the head of department of the KZN Legislature, Nerusha Naidoo, to go abroad when she knew that workers had already declared a wage dispute at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

On Friday the workers staged a protest outside the CCMA offices in Gallway Lane while the negotiations were going on inside the offices.

Buyani Mdluli, Nehawu’s KZN Legislature secretary, said it was very irresponsible of the HOD to go abroad on Wednesday when she knew that there will be negotiations with the

CCMA yesterday over the wage dispute.

“A responsible HOD would have remained in the country during of the wage negotiations,” he said. “However, she chose to leave for abroad at a crucial period when we are approaching a women’s parliament at the legislature.

Mdluli said that if the dispute is not resolved, the only available avenue is to go for the industrial action, which could disrupt the sitting of the women’s parliament, an important event in the legislature calendar.

“Our initial demands were that the employer increase salaries by 15% for low earners, 12% for management and equal housing allowance for everyone, but the employer refused to grant us our demands,” he said.

He said the union then reviewed its initial demands and proposed that the employer award them 13,5% and 10,5%. However, they reached a deadlock because the employer only offered them five percent and six percent on a sliding scale.

“The way the negotiations are going right now it looks like we might embark on an industrial action,” Mdluli added.

Some workers said they know that HODs are being paid to provoke workers so that they will vote against President Jacob Zuma at the 2012 ANC Mangaung Conference.

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