Nehawu set to protest outside Union Buildings for frontline workers

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Nehawu will protest outside the Union Buildings on Monday.
Nehawu will protest outside the Union Buildings on Monday.
PHOTO: Felix Dlangamandla
  • Nehawu will hold a protest outside the Union Buildings on Monday.
  • It wants the president to address them and resolve their issues, contained in a memorandum submitted to the Presidency earlier this month.
  • Their demands relate to health worker safety and salary increases for frontline workers.


The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union's (Nehawu) NEC is set to protest outside the Union Buildings on Monday to get President Cyril Ramaphosa to respond "adequately and positively" to their demands, detailed in a memorandum submitted earlier this month.

READ | Nehawu threatens full-blown strike over Covid-19 safety

The union's demands related to health workers who were "getting infected [by Covid-19] on a daily basis" and were "denied their salary increases and bonuses as public servants and risk allowance or motivational incentives for frontline workers", the union's spokesperson Khaya Xaba said in a statement on Sunday.

"A total of 32 429 health workers had contracted the virus while 257 lost their lives as of September 11, 2020 as per the statistics provided by the National Department of Health.

"In this regard, we will not fold our arms while we are losing our members while government continues to insult workers by refusing to implement Resolution 1 of 2018, especially Clause 3.3," Xaba said.

Nehawu said it had written to the Office of the President on 11 September explaining that their ultimatum had expired and their intention to withdraw their labour.

ALSO READ | 'Workers had to resort to using refuse bags to protect themselves' - Nehawu report

"As Nehawu, we believe that our demands contained in the memorandum are urgent, reasonable and they deal with issues of life and death," he added, saying similar protests would take place at all premiers' offices across the country.

Xaba said they will not leave the Union Buildings or premiers' offices until the president addressed them and their issues were resolved.

"These protests will run concurrently with the ongoing lunch hour demonstrations and mobilisation for the complete withdrawal of our labour power in all sectors we organise if our demands are not acceded to by the president," Xaba said.

Did you know you can comment on this article? Subscribe to News24 and add your voice to the conversation.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When assisting your child with remote learning this year, did you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Follow the school's comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) curriculum?
13% - 210 votes
Adjust the CSE curriculum to suit the family's morals?
24% - 373 votes
Ignore the schools CSE programme and do your own teaching?
63% - 992 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.45
(-1.47)
ZAR/GBP
20.61
(-1.49)
ZAR/EUR
18.44
(-1.16)
ZAR/AUD
11.35
(-0.74)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-1.20)
Gold
1776.65
(-0.54)
Silver
22.60
(-0.10)
Platinum
962.50
(+0.06)
Brent Crude
47.90
(0.00)
Palladium
2364.69
(-1.94)
All Share
57091.89
(-1.26)
Top 40
52375.50
(-1.22)
Financial 15
11158.56
(-3.62)
Industrial 25
78965.65
(-1.16)
Resource 10
52703.42
(-0.19)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo