nehawu80Financial Mail reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is preparing for a fight after the government on Monday confirmed that it would not be implementing the last leg of its 2018 wage deal in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).  

Nehawu’s general secretary Zola Saphetha said the government made it clear that would be giving public sector workers a 0% increase on 1 April.  According to the 2018 wage deal, the government was meant to give workers an increase of inflation plus 1%, namely some 5.4% (the wage hikes as stipulated would decrease according to salary levels).  “The reneging of government on the full implementation of the wage agreement constitutes a frontal attack on workers and their hard-won gains,” Saphetha said in a statement.  Nehawu will from Wednesday consult its members on the way forward and “mobilise them for the battle ahead”.  “All structures, national, provincial and regional, are being consulted on the matter while preparing to take the fight to the government as soon as possible. The national union over the weekend instructed its structures to start mobilising for a national day of action to take place on March 30 2020 as a warning shot to government to implement the agreement as agreed in 2018,” the union warned.

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