Parliament 'can't meet demands of support staff'

Nehawu says Parliament has failed to implement an agreement reached earlier this year.

The strike by Nehawu members continues as parliamentary support staff aren't working on 10 November 2015. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's management maintains it can't afford to meet the demands of striking support staff given what it calls its shoestring budget.

Employees affiliated to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) have been on strike since last week.

They want their performance bonuses calculated according to their total annual salary package, among other issues.

Parliament's management said it remains committed to finding a resolution.

Nehawu said Parliament has failed to implement an agreement reached earlier this year.

But management denies this, claiming the union is raising a new issue which was not part of the original deal.

Parliament's spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs said attacking Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana is not the answer.

"It's not advisable, it's not good for any party involved in an agreement to shift the goalpost, to raise new issues in the course of the implementation of that agreement."

Fed up with Mgidlana's refusal to budge, union leaders say they will no longer negotiate with him.

Nehawu said Mgidlana is not fit to hold the position of secretary.