13 April 2017
The National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has signed a settlement agreement with the Department of Social Development. The agreement was signed on Wednesday April 12, 2017 after lengthy and difficult marathon negotiations.
NEHAWU has since suspended the strike which has lasted more than five weeks. However, we still need to conclude negotiations in the Bargaining Council in relation to the details of both the Rural Allowance and the Review of Occupational Specific Dispensation [OSD]. When these matters are eventually finalised at the Bargaining Council, we will then call off the strike permanently.
Workers are expected to return to work on Friday April 14, 2017 for those who work shifts and other employees will return on Tuesday April 18, 2017.
The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of the 92 million workers in every continent, expresses its deep class solidarity with its affiliate NEHAWU from South Africa on the Occasion of its National Day of Action in the Social Development Sector on the 10th February 2017 in the fight for improved conditions of workers in general and specifically the Public Social Development Sector.
We fully adopt the message of the workers: “We shall take the matter to the streets”, we call them to intensify their struggle for their rights. The workers in the social Development Sector have to face the privatization and outsourcing in many sectors that have to be offered free by the state. The NEHAWU demands which we fully support are: