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NEHAWU Condemns The IDT For Negotiating In Bad Faith

Friday August 23, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] condemns the Independent Development Trust [IDT] for negotiating in bad faith during the current wage negotiations.

Currently, we have declared a dispute in relation to the salary negotiations for the financial year 2018/19. This is due to the failure of parties to reach an agreement during three consecutive meetings. It is our considered view that it will be a frivolous exercise to meet for the fourth time as the IDT management team has already indicated its inability to offer our members and workers anything above the current tabled offer of 6% for Grades 7 – 9 and 6.5% for Grades 10 – 18 in the bargaining forum. NEHAWU is demanding a 10% increase across the board.

The national union and the IDT agreed to halt the ongoing organisational review process until the wage negotiations have been concluded. The organisational review has resulted in a job bloodbath at the IDT. Management had made us to believe that we would work in unison to save jobs and while also ensuring that the IDT continue to function optimally. As NEHAWU, we find it extremely unacceptable that the management has renegaded on our agreement and saw no need to consult with us.

After two failed attempts of restructuring at the IDT a number of challenges were encountered including loosing portfolios from some key regions, obtaining negative audit opinions, and litigations cases amongst others. As a Government Schedule 2 Entity National Treasury then requested the IDT to develop a business case for a turnaround strategy to address the self-sustaining model and business generation model. The IDT then from early 2017 went on a process of Organization Development Process. The IDT Management and board embarked on a process to a appoint service provide to deal with Organization Development Process without the consent or input from NEHAWU. The outcome of this Organization Development Process resulted in job losses. The IDT operates on Fixed Term Contracts, which contravening Section 189 Amended Labour Relations Act 2016.

In the last eight months, the IDT has appointed three CEO’s which is a huge concern for the national union because it does not promote institutional stability. To date, we have never sat for Organization Development Process meeting with IDT management to map a way forward which in principle the IDT management agreed to extend all contracts which are due to expire in August 2018 for six months to deal with Organization Development process matter.

As NEHAWU, we have lost all confidence in the current IDT leadership which continuously twist the truth for their personal gains and interest. In this regard, we will be requesting the Minister of Public Works, Minister Thulas Nxesi, to intervene on the matter. The national union will request that the Minister puts in place a moratorium on level 7 to level 18, till this process is completed with all parties’ engagements.

We will also request that he appoints a team to bench mark the IDT salary scale to assist the organization with a Turnaround Strategy and assistance with self-sustainability. As NEHAWU, we believe fruitful engagement will save the Organization.

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
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