The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] convened its national public service bargaining forum to process mandates from regional bargaining forums that were convened on the week of the 7th to 14th May 2018 on the current offer by the employer.
NEHAWU as a worker based red union will always listen to the directives of its members at all material times hence it had to table provincial views in the national bargaining forum for consolidation into one national position of the national union regarding the employer’s offer. At this national meeting, the union reaffirms its position that it will always be on the side of its members, as a result the leadership of the national union was mandated to engage the employer to improve its offer on the following three issues: 1) abolishing or enhancement of level 1 to 3, 2) delinking and 3) Resolution 3 of 2009. In this regard, the national union remains committed to its value of taking very serious the process of consulting members before taking decision that have a direct bearing on its members.
After an extensive and rigorous consultation process the union has taken a decision to further robustly engage the employer to consider our initial position. Indeed, our members are extremely unhappy with the offer and hold a strong view that to accept it as it is will be a great loss. These three following issues are sticking areas for our members:
• The abolition of salary level 1 -3. The employer vehemently refuses to abolish or to enhance the lowest salary levels which subjects our members to indecent salaries. Currently, the union is considering to opt for other avenues available at its disposal if the employer refuses to concede to our do or die demands in favour of workers.
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] met with its branch from Wholesale and Retail SETA yesterday to discuss issues confronting members and workers in general which are ranging from administration and governance.
The national union has requested a meeting with the management of the SETA with a view to get answers in relation to the issues raised by our members which include amongst others: intimidation, union bashing and unpaid performance bonuses, etc. In this meeting, we will further raise the issue of maladministration and corruption that is taking place at the SETA and share the avenues the union is willing to explore in exposing it including ensuring that those found to have looted the funds of the SETA face punitive measures.
Relations have broken down between the branch and the management thus the matter is elevated to the national office of the union to pursue. A range of issues remains unresolved because the management elected to disregard as if there is no recognition agreement entered to. As NEHAWU, we refuse to be treated with disdain while the management uses its resources and at times bend its rules and procedures to persecute our members and workers. Failure to resolve these matters the union will elevate them to the Board as a governing structure for resolution. In this regard, we will commence with plans to embark on an industrial action if our meetings with the management and SETA Board does not bear fruits.
Our demands are as follows: