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nehawu80The Citizen reports that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) hopes to engage with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) to reconsider its national strike at TVET and community education and training (CET) colleges.  

Lecturers affiliated to the union are expected to embark on a national shutdown on Thursday at 50 TVET colleges across 264 campuses and CET colleges across more than 3,000 community learning centres.  According to general secretary Zola Saphetha, their members were exploited and subjected to “horrible” working conditions.  The grievances included stagnant salaries of college personnel, who apparently earned much less than staff at public institutions, non-deduction of pension benefits for staff at CET colleges and victimisation of Nehawu shop stewards.  DHET spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said:  “We will try to speak to Nehawu to reconsider its decision as it will adversely affect the smooth running of institutions of education, especially TVET colleges.  We will see how best we can deal with the issues they are raising.  We will do everything we can to avert the strike.”

  • Read Rorisang Kgosana’s report on the strike in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Nehawu announces national strike, wants higher education DG Gwebinkundla Qonde fired, at The Citizen

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