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NEHAWU Calls On The IEC Chief Electoral Officer To Refrain From Violating And Disregarding Labour Laws

Wednesday August 20, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] at the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa [IEC] is dismayed by the way in which the employer is dealing with issues that affects conditions of employment of our members at the workplace. The continued undermining of applicable policies demonstrates high levels of arrogance and resistance to change.

The Chief Electoral Officer and the Commission have representatives at the collective bargaining forum, their decision and wishes should be influenced through their representatives at that forum as guided by the Recognition and Procedural Agreement. It is not acceptable for the CEO to communicate resolutions which were never tabled nor agreed upon at the bargaining forum. This attitude renders the legitimate and recognised structure redundant and useless; this demonstrates that the employer has condescending powers despite being in a democratic state were rules of the law should be observed.

We note that both the Chairperson and the CEO have never met with representatives of NEHAWU since their appointments; let alone responding to official communications from NEHAWU despite having welcomed both appointments with no reservations. This is not normal and creates hostility in the workplace as relations should be fostered between the employer and the national union, which in a normal situation should be avoided.

The national union demands an organisational review through negotiation processes. As NEHAWU, we also demand that we are part of the process from start to finish. The national union plans to be hands on in this process and will not tolerate an attempt to side-line it.

We therefore, demand that the CEO to comply with our demand to issue a press statement correcting the miscommunication in relation to the organisational review process and this statement must be issued within 24 hours.

We have also noted delaying tactics by the employer and the divide and rule strategy that seeks to disorganise and undermine legal processes. In this regard, we call on the CEO to resolve the following issues with immediate effect:

• Tool of trade: regardless of the recommendations of the Tool of trade task team, the employer continue to refuse implementation of such recommendations • Staff appointments: wasteful expenditure and unnecessary appointments mostly at national office e.g. PA to the CFO and PA to the acting CFO as well continued HR2 appointments on senior positions in Commission services and finance as it was done before in outreach division of the Commission • Labour broking: continued labour broking affecting cleaning, security and warehouse services undermining both of treasury regulations on austerity measures and the recent Constitutional Court ruling

As we heading for National and Provincial Elections, we hope that the Employer will reconsider its modus operandi and do things in accordance with applicable rules and laws. Failure to concede to our demands will with no option but to embark on a strike action which may derail preparation of the 2019 general elections.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500
or email: Visit NEHAWU website:

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