Ne­hawu ‘won’t with­draw’

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said Sthem­biso Tembe, chair­per­son of Ne­hawu in the Par­lia­ment branch.

“They have to sub­mit in­for­ma­tion to the CCMA as they have not been co­op­er­at­ing with them thus far,” he added.

This lat­est row comes af­ter Par­lia­ment re­fused to pay per­for­mance bonuses for some el­i­gi­ble em­ploy­ees. In­stead, the in­sti­tu­tion re­duced the per­for­mance as­sess­ment rat­ings of over half of the em­ploy­ees who were on strike, with­out con­sult­ing those em­ploy­ees.

City Press has seen an email from an HR ex­ec­u­tive to Ne­hawu, stat­ing: “Af­ter the con­clu­sion of the mod­er­a­tion process for the 2014/15 fi­nan­cial year, rat­ings of 571 em­ploy­ees were re­vised and bonus pay­ments were made to all el­i­gi­ble em­ploy­ees.”

City Press has also seen a memo from Par­lia­ment’s deputy sec­re­tary of sup­port ser­vices, Baby Tyawa, and act­ing deputy sec­re­tary of core busi­ness Ad­vo­cate Modibedi Phin­dela chal­leng­ing the per­for­mance as­sess­ment rat­ings of a large num­ber of em­ploy­ees who were on strike, and re­fus­ing to en­dorse them.

Par­lia­ment did not re­spond to de­tailed ques­tions from City Press about why Tyawa ini­ti­ated the move to nul­lify per­for­mance as­sess­ments af­ter an agree­ment on per­for­mance bonuses was signed in De­cem­ber.

Par­lia­ment came to a stand­still in Novem­ber 2015 as Ne­hawu em­barked on an un­pro­tected strike, de­mand­ing per­for­mance bonuses be paid on the to­tal­cost-to-com­pany pack­age, in ac­cor­dance with an agree­ment reached in March 2015.

But Par­lia­ment, re­ly­ing on a later agree­ment of June 2015, wanted to pay the per­for­mance bonuses based on 25% of the monthly salary.

The un­prece­dented four-week strike ac­tion saw the dis­rup­tion of port­fo­lio com­mit­tee meet­ings and the oc­cu­pa­tion of the Na­tional As­sem­bly by strik­ing em­ploy­ees. The strike then turned vi­o­lent as armed po­lice shot stun grenades at Par­lia­ment em­ploy­ees in­side the precinct.

Ne­hawu pres­i­dent Mzwandile Mak­way­iba even left the Cosatu na­tional congress half­way through to seek a political in­ter­ven­tion in Par­lia­ment, but his ef­forts were fruit­less.

To­wards the end of the strike in De­cem­ber, Par­lia­ment mid-level man­agers ap­proached the sec­re­tary to Par­lia­ment, Gengezi Mgid­lana, with a memo that was later with­drawn, warn­ing of trou­bled re­la­tions go­ing for­ward.

They called on Mgid­lana not to in­sist on the no work, no pay rule, to of­fer trauma sup­port to all staff with a view to restor­ing trust and good work­ing re­la­tions, and to come up with a short-term plan for rein­te­grat­ing staff into op­er­a­tions.

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