Nehawu Collective Agreement
“They intend to reduce R60 billion in 2021/22, R90 billion in 2022/23 and R150 billion in 2023/24 on the public sector payroll, and they have already started with the R37 billion of the last stage of the 2018 wage agreement.” Employees of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) returned to work on Tuesday after the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) reached an agreement with NSFAS to increase the unit`s wage budget by 4.5%. Recognition and procedural agreement between the University of Cape Town (“UCT”) and National Education, Health and Allied Workers` Union (“Union”) Nehawu President Mzwandile Makwayiba said the union was fighting for the implementation of a wage agreement reached in 2018, as well as health personnel issues, which covid-19 mandated, News24 reported at the time. “We will never enter into conversation to deteriorate the working conditions of our members and the working class in general, or to negotiate a signed collective agreement.” “To achieve these critical fiscal sustainability goals, the government has not implemented the third year of the 2018 wage agreement. The two sides agreed on Monday on the granting of a 6% increase and a single amount of R1 457.74 for employees in Units 3 to 8, while workers in Tier 9 to 10 will receive an increase of 3% and levels 11 to 12 an increase of 1%. The government`s abandonment of the full implementation of the wage agreement is a frontal attack on workers and their hard-earned profits. NEHAWU has always maintained that any intention to ignore collective bargaining is a declaration of war. On several occasions, the government has been warned that it will not provoke our members and that it is making inseluctable statements because they have enormous potential to destabilize the public service. This weekend, the national union instructed its structures to begin mobilizing for a national day of action on March 30, 2020, as a wake-up call to the government to implement the 2018 agreement.