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strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said its strike at 53 workplaces across the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) would remain indefinite until all demands had been met.  

“The strike commenced this morning (Thursday) at 8.  The workplaces consist of offices and dams, where our members are located.  Yes, it is a bitter pill to swallow for water users and the public.  But it is better to do it now, as the department may have no money left if we keep quiet,” said Khaya Xaba, the union’s spokesperson.  Xaba reiterated that they were striking for better working conditions, cleaner offices, safe accommodation and also wanted to register their unhappiness about the department’s decision to outsource services.  “The department is outsourcing the building of dams to contractors though it has in-house contractors and a directorate responsible for those services.  Our members are left idling even though they have the manpower,” Xaba claimed.  Nehawu said it was also extremely concerned that the department had overspent its R14-billion budget.  The DWS confirmed that there was over-expenditure, “but we don’t know the amount.”

  • Read this report by Gosebo Mathope in full at The Citizen

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