Nehawu members disrupt Parliament meeting, demand action on salaries

2016-06-21 15:55
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Cape Town – Parliament's secretary Gengezi Mgidlana will not be allowed to address workers until he deals with issues affecting employees, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union has said.

This after Mgidlana walked out of a staff meeting on Tuesday, where Nehawu members sang revolutionary songs, refusing to let him speak.

Nehawu's Parliament branch chairperson Sthembiso Tembe said workers had taken a resolution not to allow Mgidlana to speak, unless he addressed their issues first.

The issues included salary deductions which had not been reversed and reduced performance scores.

"He cannot just come to address us as if nothing has happened," Tembe said.

Last year, deductions were made from Parliament staff salaries following a lengthy strike by workers over bonuses and pay structure.

Media 'primed' for meeting

Tembe said the agenda of the meeting on Tuesday was "self-serving" and did not speak to any issues affecting workers.

"How do you discuss strategic plans when your staff is not happy?" he asked.

Parliament said the meeting had been postponed, but Tembe said Mgidlana would also not be allowed to speak at that rescheduled meeting unless he discussed issues affecting staff.

Parliament slammed the "behaviour of the few members aligned to Nehawu".

"The behaviour displayed by a few staff members aligned to Nehawu is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Parliament will do all that is necessary to normalise the situation in the institution, including taking appropriate action where necessary," Parliament said in a statement.

Parliament said it was concerning that targeted media were primed and invited into an internal meeting.

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