Parliament suspends 2 Nehawu officials

2016-06-28 23:03
(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – Parliament on Tuesday suspended Nehawu branch chairperson Sthembiso Tembe and a colleague for disrupting a meeting.

“I was suspended with immediate effect after they claimed I disrupted a meeting and incited the workers,” Tembe said.

Parliament spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs said he could immediately comment.

Tembe and fellow union member Michael Sithole allegedly disrupted a meeting staff were holding with secretary to Parliament, Gengezi Mgidlana, last week.

Nehawu members sang and refused to let Mgidlana speak. Tembe said Parliament’s management should charge everyone and not be selective.

Workers had decided not to allow Mgidlana to speak unless he addressed their issues first. These included salary deductions which they claimed not been reversed and reduced performance scores.

Nehawu members went on strike in November last year to demand performance bonuses.

Angry workers

Workers blamed Mgidlana for the breakdown in relations.

Tembe said his colleagues were likely to down tools again to show their support for him.

“I can’t predict what is going to happen tomorrow, but all I know is that the workers are angry,” Tembe said.

Last week, Parliament said the behaviour of a few Nehawu-aligned staff members was unacceptable and would not be tolerated.

“Parliament will do all that is necessary to normalise the situation in the institution, including taking appropriate action, where necessary," it said in a statement. 

Read more on:    parliament  |  nehawu  |  cape town  |  labour

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