Nehawu, Parliament still at loggerheads

2015-11-16 21:16
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - Hopes that their strike would have a happy ending on Monday were dashed for striking National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members, who will carry on striking over how their performance bonuses are calculated.

Nehawu branch chairperson in Parliament Sthembiso Tembe said they met Parliament's management at 14:00, going in with hopes that an agreement would be reached.

Tembe said Nehawu understood that its national leadership had been trying to intervene with the political leadership of Parliament.

But, they were back to square one when Parliament's secretary Gengezi Mgidlana made it clear that the dispute stood and raised the possibility of mediation.

Tembe said Nehawu felt they already had an agreement on bonuses that Parliament was not implementing, so there was no reason to go to mediation.

They did not get as far as discussing the reversal of deductions from the salaries of workers who have been striking, as intended. This was a condition for going back to the bargaining table.

"We expected a plan from them," said Tembe, a researcher for the Department of International Relations and Co-operation in Parliament. "We are determined to fight."

Workers responsible for many of the functions that kept Parliament going decided to go on strike on November 6, mainly over a disagreement on which formula to use when calculating performance bonuses.

Since Monday last week striking employees have sung and danced in the precinct to drive home their demands.

Last week Mgidlana said R50m would be needed to fund the bonuses.

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