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nehawu80The New Age reports that the National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is preparing for a strike at the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) following failed negotiations in the bargaining council.  

Among the union’s demands are: a review of the salary structure for levels 1 to 12; the medical aid subsidy to extend to parents of the NSFAS employees; full-time employment of workers who are currently on fixed term contracts; a review of the organisational rights agreement; elevation of lowest paid cleaners from level 2 to level 3; and finalisation of the job evaluations process.  Bargaining council meetings in September and October 2017 were apparently “fruitless exercises”.  The union further believes that a recently announced decision by NSFAS to centralise its application system “will have serious impact on the livelihoods of the staff employed in financial aid offices in universities and TVET colleges as they will end up being deemed surplus to requirements.”  Claiming that the employer had left workers with no option but to go on strike, the union added that it was “an unfortunate and painful decision to take, considering that it might affect working class and poor students who have to apply to NSFAS for funding for the 2018 academic year.”

  • Read this report by Shonisani Tshikalange in full at The New Age
  • Read Nehawu’s press statement in this regard at Cosatu Today

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