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nehawu80The Sunday Independent reports that there is no end in sight in the standoff between the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) at vocational colleges across the country.  

Nehawu last week said it would not back down on its demands for the introduction of a new salary dispensation, better working conditions, the transfer of all college-paid lecturers into the Persal system and the removal of the director-general, Gwebinkundla Qonde.  Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba said their strike would continue indefinitely until their demands were met, adding that the union had declined to meet with the minister as they were allocated only an hour.  Lecturers at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and Community Education and Training (CET) colleges said little had changed since they migrated from the Department of Basic Education to DHET.  The department indicated it was committed to resolving the issues amid the union’s threat to continue with its industrial action on Monday.  Despite reported disruptions at some colleges, DHET spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said the current assessment of the strike indicated that not all colleges and campuses had been affected.  “There have been reported cases of intimidation to force students and lecturers out of classes.  Colleges have been advised to apply for court interdicts where intimidation occurs.  Initiatives will be put in place to ensure that lost teaching and learning time is addressed,” Ngqengelele said.

  • Read more of Lerato Diale’s original report on this story at SA Labour News
  • Read too, TVET colleges need serious attention from government, at SowetanLive

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