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.
In our previous update, we reported on the employers' response to our demands arising from the Special Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) meeting that was convened on the 7th December 2017 of which labour vehemently rejected.
In this bulletin we report progress registered so
far through the facilitated process which took
place from the 9th January 2018 to the 26th
January 2018. Below is the update on all labour
demands based on the revised offer tabled by
The parties at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council agree on the 3 year term of agreement following the tabling of the revised offer by the employer.
On the salary adjustment parties have not reached an agreement but there are positive developments following the employers revised offer, this includes the principle agreement on the sliding scale. Below is the employer's revised offer and labours initial response to the offer which members must give mandate to the negotiators.