Nehawu workers play catch-up after 'successful' strike

2015-12-07 14:31
Striking Nehawu workers at Parliament's gates. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Striking Nehawu workers at Parliament's gates. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – Services at Parliament were getting back to normal on Monday as workers pitched in to get everything done by the time festive season holidays start.

''It was a success,'' said Sthembiso Tembe, of the three-week strike over performance bonuses.

The chairperson of the parliamentary branch of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union said that even having pay deducted in line with the ''no work, no pay'' principle did not detract from what he considered a victory.

''You must remember that we won on two important points,'' Tembe said.

These were:

- Having performance bonuses calculated as a percentage of the total annual package as originally agreed, and not on the monthly package which, he said, Parliament was trying to change it to; and

- Agreeing to percentages to calculate performance bonuses.

Workers who were away from their posts for four days or less will have the money deducted over three months from February and workers away from their posts for longer would have the pay for those days deducted over eight months.

He said next year's negotiations would be an improvement on this year when police chased them at the precinct and an interdict ordered them to be locked out. The interdict will stay in place until January 29.

Tembe said in future there would be a moderator and a chairperson to help facilitate negotiations.

Parliament will be closed for the holidays from December 16 and will re-open in phases from the first week of 2016. 

Meanwhile, Parliament's media management department said it knew nothing about a letter sent to Parliament Secretary Gengezi Mgidlana, reportedly leaked to the media.

The letter was apparently hand-delivered to media houses and expressed concerns about the way the strike was handled.

Parliament also denied that there had been a meeting between secretaries and managers on Friday because of the letter.

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