nehawu80Independent News reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has slammed the government for blaming the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s economic woes for its plans not to increase the salaries of its 1.3 million employees from Wednesday.  

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) said it was continuing to look for solutions, including holding more engagements with labour to try and deal with present realities, but there would be no short cuts and options to deal with the deadlock were extremely limited.  DPSA Minister Senzo Mchunu commented:  ”We want to reiterate that government remains committed to the implementation of the 2018 wage agreement notwithstanding the aforesaid difficulties; at stake is how to do it, and this matters most.”  However, Nehawu expressed its unhappiness with the government, saying it was clutching at straws in trying to explain its inability to pay workers what was due to them and in the process using blackmail to absolve itself.  Nehawu has threatened the government with major and unprecedented consequences if it does not implement the 2018 agreement, which is in its final year, and also accused it of undermining collective bargaining processes.  ”We will be mobilising our members for the mother of all fights against the onslaught by the government,” said the union, while reminding the state that the national lockdown was not perpetual.

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