Nehawu interdict application not urgent, says court

2016-03-12 08:31
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Cape Town - The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union's (Nehawu) application for an interdict against Parliament was struck off the roll late on Friday for lack of urgency, said Sthembiso Tembe, chairperson of Parliament's branch of the union.

The union had hoped to secure an interdict from the Labour Court late on Friday after discovering that Parliament would deduct pay for days not worked during last year's strike.

"We want the court to interdict Parliament from making the deductions until issues of performance bonuses and the dispute over the number of days deducted are resolved," Tembe said earlier.

Nehawu said 571 employees had their salaries deducted for missing work during the lengthy strike.

It had centred on how performance bonuses should be calculated.

The dispute started when members said Parliament had promised to pay their annual performance bonuses on a calculation based on one year's pay.

Parliament said it had agreed to the bonus percentages being calculated on one month's pay. On Thursday afternoon, they had a meeting to discuss their latest payslips, which showed they would lose pay for the days they were on strike.

They also objected to being vetted again by security.

Parliament said at the time that the strike was unprotected and that it would take action against anybody guilty of misconduct.

Asked whether it was true that the union's national office had refused to pay a lawyer for the interdict, Tembe said that was a misunderstanding and union counsel had since been secured.

Comment was not immediately available from Parliament.

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