Nehawu ends NSFAS strike after reaching 6% salary increase agreement

By Sisonke Mlamla 41m in the past

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Cape Town – A two-week wage impasse between the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has been damaged with an agreement reached on a 6% salary increase.

Nehawu common secretary, Zola Saphetha, mentioned the 2 events agreed that staff on salary stage 3 to eight would obtain a 6% salary increase; staff on salary stage 9 to 10 would obtain a 3% salary increase and staff on salary stage 11 to 12 would obtain a 1% salary increase.

Saphetha mentioned implementation of the salary percentages would begin on the finish of the month.

“Salaries shall be backdated to April 1. Furthermore, workers who are on salary level 3 to 8 will also receive a non-recurring once off payment of R1457 of which 271 of our members and workers will benefit,” he mentioned.

Nehawu provincial secretary, Eric Kweleta, mentioned as a part of the agreement, the NSFAS administration additionally agreed and dedicated itself that nobody shall be victimised for taking part within the protected strike.

The strike, which noticed lots of of NSFAS workers protesting in entrance of its buildings in Wynberg from October 5, adopted after the union served the employer with a discover to strike on September 25, with salary negotiations began on June 12.

NSFAS administrator Dr Randall Carolissen mentioned they totally acknowledged that there was an pressing have to construct and keep relations among the many two events, which might be in one of the best curiosity of each organisations.

Carolissen mentioned a concurrence was reached to utilise and contain the providers of the CCMA for relationship constructing and a pre-salary negotiation workshop, earlier than the beginning of 2021 salary negotiations.

“Both parties have committed to binding themselves to the workshops before the end of January next year,” he mentioned.

Saphetha mentioned they’d proceed to partake within the transformation of NSFAS, together with taking part in an important position in altering its orientation from being a mortgage scheme right into a subsidiary automobile without spending a dime schooling for deserving college students, particularly these from working-class background.

Cape Argus


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