Strike over Home Af­fairs work­ing hours averted

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THE Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Health and Al­lied Work­ers Union (Ne­hawu) has signed an agree­ment with the Depart­ment of Home Af­fairs to avert an im­mi­nent strike over work­ing hours at the depart­ment.

The union said it had per­suaded the depart­ment to with­draw a rule which in­tro­duced new work­ing hours.

“As a re­sult, work­ers were forced to work un­der these un­bear­able work­ing hours and, as a con­se­quence, work­ers were sub­jected to dis­ci­plinary hear­ings while oth­ers were given leave with­out pay for not com­ply­ing with the cir­cu­lar,” the union said yes­ter­day.

“The signed agree­ment con­firms the with­drawal of the cir­cu­lar and that work­ers will re­vert to the work­ing con­di­tions which ap­plied prior to the in­tro­duc­tion of the im­posed new work­ing hours by the depart­ment’s di­rec­tor-gen­eral.”

The dis­pute saw em­ploy­ees threat­en­ing to down tools and de­mand­ing over­time pay­ment for work­ing on Satur­days.

Ne­hawu ar­gued Satur­day work should not be com­pul­sory for em­ploy­ees.

The depart­ment would not budge and said there would be no over­time for em­ploy­ees.

The union said it pro­posed the new agree­ment be tabled in the bar­gain­ing cham­ber. – ANA

Home Af­fairs em­ploy­ees were un­happy with new work­ing con­di­tions.

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