Nehawu agrees to state wage offer

2010-10-12 15:11

Johannesburg - The National Education, Health, and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday provisionally resolved to accept government's 7.5% wage increase offer and R800 housing allowance, a spokesman said.

"As Nehawu, we took a resolution to sign the agreement, but this is a union decision not a labour movement decision," said Sizwe Pamla.

"We still have to discuss it with the other unions, and consolidate a mandate."

He was unsure what other unions had decided on.Nehawu would meet other unions in Midrand on Tuesday afternoon to get feedback on their resolutions.

"The likely outcome is that the offer on the table will be implemented."

Tuesday was the last day that unions had to decide whether to reject or accept the government's offer.

Pamla said that at this time of the year, it was unlikely that government would change their offer, and Nehawu was no longer prepared to strike.

"It's October and we are supposed to start negotiations for 2011. So, as much as we are not satisfied with the offer, we have to settle this issue because our members need to start getting their increase and backpay as the year is almost over."

Earlier on Tuesday, the Health And Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) will not be signing the government's wage offer, the union said on Tuesday.

"Our members made sacrifices to go on strike and to fight for the right to a decent living, and this is the mandate they have given us," Hospersa general secretary Noel Desfontaines said in a statement.

Meanwhile Public Service Minister Richard Baloyi said he hoped to never see a repeat of this year's public service strike and that unions would sign an end to the strike.

"We are hopeful that the majority, if not all of the unions will sign their offer," Baloyi told representatives at an African Peer Review Mechanism workshop in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"I am sure they are getting their pens ready."

He said it was critical to manage future negotiations so that such a strike was avoided.

"It affects all of us."

  • Ribs - 2010-10-13 09:00

    Please we are not expecting to stop now until we this 8,6% and the R1000.00 becuase really after tax again this will be too little that's why we want that 1.1% and R200 additional on settlements across the board.

  • Tholakele - 2010-10-13 09:06

    In really when we speak it shows that the government is insulting the workers , not long ago there was an increase of R20 just imagine what can you do with that amount, its government pull up their socks make sure that they review all public servants salaries the must be definately a living wages so to avoid unnessessary strike. Becuase at the end of the day its cripling our country.

  • Andre - 2010-10-13 12:18

    I am a member of HOSPERSA but however applaud the stance of NEHAWU in this regard.Clearly they made the obvious conclusion and are aware that how the cash-strapped workers need their long overdue monies. Perhaps i should reconsider my membership with HOSPERSA.

  • DAVID - 2010-10-13 13:22

    It is obvious that we wont't get anything more from the goverment.The comrades who made the sacrifices, I Salute you" We are going home with less money at the moment then before the strike because of the "no work no pay" policy. We are suffering and the future leaders of our country are suffering.

  • maiwashe neo - 2010-10-13 15:07

    please can some one let me the union decision cause we need our money

  • Chribbo - 2010-10-15 11:45

    Let them get rid of these level 1,2 & 3 salary scales.Those levels are just not pathetic,they are also discriminative. The majority of black servants in government departments are in those respective levels.LEVEL 4 IS THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION FOR THIS DISCREPANCY

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