The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) has noted that it would only entertain talks of a new public wage agreement, following the lapse of the current one.
In a statement on Monday, 16 March 2020, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union noted the government’s failure to honour the 2018 public wage agreement, even though workers expressed that they would not agree to any reversal of their gains. The union noted that it would not enter a discussion only to worsen the terms and conditions of its members and the working class in general.
“As things stand, it is crystal clear that government has no intention of honouring the last leg of the [Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council] PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018, clause 3.3. As far as NEHAWU is concerned, our members and public service workers expect government to implement the agreement to the letter i.e. across the board adjustment to the cost of living by CPI plus one percent for salary level 1 – 7 and CPI plus 0.5 percent for salary level 8 – 10,” read the statement.
Accompanied by other unions, NEHAWU has announced that it would meet with the Minister of Public Service and Administration on Tuesday, 17 March 2020, to seek clarity, upon which they would consider their options. In the meantime, the National Political Commission has directed all national, provincial and regional structures to prepare for a national day of action, which is set to take place on Monday, 30 March 2020. Thereafter, the union would embark on mass action, should government continue neglecting the current agreement.