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nehawu80Timeslive reports the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will be subject to a commission of inquiry‚ with officials to face consequences for any negative findings‚ it was announced on Wednesday.  

This came even as the department announced that a deal had been struck to end a workers’ strike.  The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) last week announced an indefinite strike at the DWS offices and facilities nationwide over corruption‚ maladministration and unfavourable working conditions.  Demands included that the DWS should cease using contractors in its projects since they were allegedly the gateway to “corruption and looting” in the department.  On Wednesday, the DWS said it had reached an agreement with Nehawu to end the three-day strike.  The deal apparently included agreement to pay outstanding bonuses‚ implementation of new conditions of employment for construction employees‚ a move towards insourcing and setting of deadlines for improved working conditions.  Nehawu confirmed that its members would return to work and indicated that the department had agreed that members would not be docked any pay for the days they were on strike.

Read too, Move to set up inquiry into collapse of water department, at IOL News

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