Ne­hawu to bar­gain for 10% in­crease

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NE­HAWU will be­gin na­tional wage ne­go­ti­a­tions in Novem­ber, in pur­suit of a 10% salary in­crease for pub­lic ser­vants based on a slid­ing scale, and are also de­mand­ing that child­care fa­cil­i­ties be es­tab­lished at all work­places.

Ne­hawu pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary, Sa­bata Jonas, said that the union rep­re­sented “over 8 000 mem­bers in the Prov­ince”.

He called for the abol­ish­ment of salary lev­els 1-3 and ar­gued that gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials should start on an en­try salary level 4.

Jonas stated that the gov­ern­ment hous­ing scheme should be fully im­ple­mented in ad­di­tion to the hous­ing al­lowances, in or­der for work­ers to ac­cess af­ford­able hous­ing loans.

Scheme

“Our Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees Pen­sion Fund must cre­ate a port­fo­lio and in­vest in the scheme in­stead of bail­ing out state en­ti­ties like South African Air­ways and in­vest­ing in malls.”

Jonas added that the union’s list of de­mands in­cluded a re­view of the Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees Med­i­cal Scheme (Gems).

“The re­view of Gems must be speeded up as per a pre­vi­ous agree­ment, to pro­vide an af­ford­able med­i­cal scheme for pub­lic ser­vants. We also de­mand a child­care fa­cil­ity in all work­places.”

He stated that Ne­hawu pres­i­dent Mzwandile Mak­way­iba, gen­eral sec­re­tary Zola Saphetha and other na­tional of­fice bear­ers would ad­dress Ne­hawu mem­bers in prepa­ra­tion of the wage ne­go­ti­a­tions for pub­lic ser­vants.

“The Of­fice of the Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary has re­quested the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral to re­lease mem­bers on this date to at­tend the board mem­bers gen­eral meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 6.”

Jonas also stated that all af­fil­i­ates were united in the call to end the scourge of cor­rup­tion.

“We are los­ing roughly R147 bil­lion il­le­gally out of the coun­try per year, while real un­em­ploy­ment is stand­ing at 38 per­cent, where close to 10 mil­lion peo­ple are strug­gling to find jobs.”

He said rev­o­lu­tion­ary stal­warts Yure Mdy­on­golo, Bheki Mkhize, for­mer Ne­hawu gen­eral sec­re­tary Fik­ile Ma­jola and other na­tional of­fice bear­ers would ad­dress mem­bers at their 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in the Prov­ince on Oc­to­ber 6.

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