Peace restored in labour relations at Parliament

Nehawu members march to Parliament in Cape Town. (File photo: Jenni Evans, News24)
Nehawu members march to Parliament in Cape Town. (File photo: Jenni Evans, News24)

Cape Town – In a break from the acrimony that has characterised labour relations at Parliament, Nehawu on Thursday thanked Parliament's acting secretary for her "sterling work" in resolving the union's grievances.

"The positive spirit that Mr Gengezi Mgidlana tried so hard to break has been revived, and the workers of Parliament are once again proud to work for this prime institution,” the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union’s branch at Parliament said in a statement. 

In June, Mgidlana was put on special leave as Parliament's secretary so the allegations of mismanagement, which Nehawu had levelled against him could be investigated. Penelope Tyawa replaced him.

"Within this short period of time, Ms Tyawa has been able to reach a settlement with Nehawu on the salary increase, a matter that her predecessor dismally failed to resolve."

The union said Tyawa reached a settlement with the union on workers' bonuses for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years and on the salary deductions following Newahu's strikes at Parliament.

Nehawu praised Tyawa for arranging a dialogue with workers on June 30, which it described as “much-needed therapy and relief to the workers”.

“This platform allowed the workers of Parliament to express themselves freely on how they feel without being ridiculed or being reminded about how less important they were.”

The union said its monthly meetings with Parliament's management had resumed.


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