Nehawu members call off strike at Parliament, for now

Staff went on strike last week in protest over what they insist were illegal deductions from their salaries.

FILE: Striking Nehawu affiliated workers outside Parliament. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) affiliated workers at Parliament have called off their strike, for now.

This pending the outcome of a Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration facilitated meeting with union leaders and management today.

Staff went on strike last week in protest over what they insist were illegal deductions from their salaries.

Striking workers are also demanding the reinstatement of two suspended colleagues.

Branch secretary for Nehawu in Parliament Temba Gubula said: "We are here today to engage in this facilitated process after which we will take this matter to our members in Parliament and they will give us a mandate on how to proceed with our action."

On Thursday, Parliament said it was seriously concerned about strike action by the Nehawu affiliated workers.

In a statement, Parliament said its administration received no forewarning of the industrial action.

It said in terms of the Labour Relations Act, its workers performed an essential service and may not go on strike.

But many of Nehawu's more than 1,000 members still went on the work stoppage.