Business as usual at Parliament

2015-11-18 13:02
Nehawu strikers clash with riot police at Parliament. (File, Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Nehawu strikers clash with riot police at Parliament. (File, Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - It was business as usual at Parliament on Wednesday after the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union decided to suspend its strike over performance bonuses.

Staff members were back at their posts.

The usually tranquil precinct was shattered by the loud bangs of stun grenades used by police to stop protesting workers who were gathered in and around Parliament last week.

The striking workers refused to accept Parliament Secretary Gengezi Mgidlana's stance over bonus payments.

They walked into committee rooms, interrupting proceedings, and sang songs to drive their point across.

Nehawu said Parliament had reneged by interpreting a done deal to mean that bonuses be calculated on one month's pay instead of 12 months' pay.

On Tuesday workers agreed to return to their posts while a task team thrashes out the percentage for the formula to calculate the bonuses.

Workers will be paid the money deducted for the days they were not at their posts. They agreed to catch up on missed work without overtime pay.

Negotiators will meet on Friday to discuss the percentage that will apply to the bonuses.

Workers received a 9% pay increase earlier this year.

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