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daBL Premium reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) said on Wednesday that it would embark on a national day of action on 30 March as a “warning shot” to the government to honour the last part of the three-year public sector wage agreement signed in 2018, due for implementation on 1 April.  

This would be despite the government’s imposing a ban on meetings of more than 100 people to reduce the risk posed by Covid-19.  The Democratic Alliance (DA) said a strike could endanger the lives of thousands of workers and the public at large.  DA shadow minister for public service and administration, MP Leon Schreiber, said the party would write to public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu to instruct Nehawu to cancel the planned march.  “If the government fails to avert this potential disaster, the DA will obtain an urgent interdict against Nehawu’s actions to protect the health and safety of thousands of public servants and other South Africans from exposure to the coronavirus,” said Schreiber.  He went on to say:  “Nehawu is threatening to endanger the lives of not only its workers and members, who will be forced to participate in the protest, but also the lives of the broader SA public.”  Union federation Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has said they would support the planned march.  He said on Monday:  “Whatever action Nehawu takes, we will support them.”  Mchunu’s spokesperson indicated on Wednesday:  “Our engagements with unions are ongoing. We will [issue] a statement at an appropriate time.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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