Parliament workers threaten strike action

2016-09-01 15:46
Nehawu members protest at Parliament. (Paul Herman, News24)

Nehawu members protest at Parliament. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town – Nehawu-affiliated workers in Parliament on Thursday threatened to down tools over the suspension of their branch chairperson, Sthembiso Tembe.

About 150 people protested in the parliamentary precinct, led by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).

They called for the secretary to Parliament, Gengezi Mgidlana, to be removed from office.

Deputy branch chairperson Disang Mocumi said they wanted Tembe's suspension to be reversed.

"We are protesting to highlight the plight of the workers in Parliament, the victimisation that is ongoing, and the abuse of power by the secretary to Parliament," Mocumi told News24.

Nehawu members chanted "Charge one, charge all", referring to four Nehawu members who Mgidlana has charged for speaking during a negotiation meeting.

Mocumi said they wanted the "frivolous" charges against the four dropped.

"Even if it means we must down tools, we can't work with him. He is unfit for office," Mocumi said.

Mgidlana could not immediately be reached for comment.


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