The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) has ordered its members to prepare for a national day of action, as the government reneged on the 2018 Public Service Collective Agreement.
In a statement on Wednesday, 18 March 2020, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union announced its intention to continue with the national day of action, after the government refused to implement the last leg of the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 1 of 2018 clause 3.3. At a special council meeting of the PSCBC, which took place on Tuesday, 17 March 2020, the government announced that it would give NEHAWU members a zero percent salary increase on 1 April 2020.
The trade union noted that as at 1 April 2020, members’ salaries were supposed to increase by 5.4 percent for level one to seven, 4.9 percent for level eight to ten, and 4.4 percent for level 11 to 12.
“The reneging of government on the full implementation of the wage agreement constitutes a frontal attack on workers and their hard-won gains. NEHAWU has always maintained that any intention to disregard collective bargaining is a declaration of war,” the statement read.
After relaying the news to its members, NEHAWU advised the members to prepare for a national day of action, which is scheduled for Monday, 30 March 2020. The trade union said the mass mobilisation would act as “a warning shot to government to implement the agreement as agreed in 2018.”