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Nehawu, Parly management to resume talks this week

Parliament last week said Nehawu workers had agreed to continue talks outside the arbitration process.

Parliament's management secured the order yesterday which says the strike is unlawful and bars demonstrators from picketing on the premises. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN – The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and Parliament’s management are set to renew talks this week following yet another breakdown in attempts to solve a labour dispute.                                    

Parliament said last week Nehawu had agreed to continue talks outside the arbitration process. 

But the union has denied it has withdrawn its case with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

It says it’s still unhappy with the legislature, claiming some workers’ performance ratings were reduced by their managers, resulting in their bonuses not being paid in December.

Nehawu and Parliament’s management signed an agreement last year putting an end to an intermittent, yet drawn-out strike at the National Legislature.

But the latest dispute over performance bonuses has again set the two parties on a collision course.

Some complain they did not get bonuses because their performance scores were reduced by their line managers.

A meeting between representatives of Parliament and the union is scheduled for tomorrow. 

Nehawu’s chairperson in Parliament Sthembiso Tembe says the union will also meet with workers this week.

“They must implement the agreement in its fullest, they mustn’t put unnecessary conditions. If they don’t comply then we’ll go back to the workers who’ll give us a way forward.”

The union says it will not accept anything less than the original agreement signed in December, whereby all the workers would get bonuses.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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