Nehawu leaders refuse to back down on parliamentary staff strike

Employees affiliated to the union downed tools last week over bonuses, among other issues.

FILE: A strike by parliamentary support staff is now in its second week. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A strike by parliamentary support staff is now in its second week, with union leaders refusing to back down on their demands.

Employees affiliated to the union the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) want their performance bonuses calculated according to their total annual salary package, among other issues.

After the salaries of striking employees were docked, Nehawu announced on Friday it would no longer negotiate with the Secretary or Parliament, Gengezi Mgidlana.

The union's spokesperson said, "We stand by our position that we are not going back to work until our demands are met."