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nsfasWeekend Argus reports that the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is facing industrial action which could disrupt the funding application process for the 2020 academic year.  

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has served a strike notice on the NSFAS, with action scheduled to start on Monday.  Nehawu’s Eric Kweleta said the action followed a mediation process that failed to resolve a dispute over the organisational capacity, payment of performance bonuses and alleged victimisation of some employees.  He accused management of unilaterally implementing decisions and flouting labour relations policies and laws.  Kweleta also claimed:  “There’s been an increase in cases of employee suspensions.  Some remain on suspension even after 90 days in contravention of the labour laws and victimisation of shop stewards is rampant.”  He said for the past three years employees were paid ex gratia performance bonuses because no assessments had been done, but the NSFAS now refused to pay even those ex gratia amounts.  The NSFAS said business continuity and contingency plans were in place to manage the impact of the strike.  A memorandum of grievances was scheduled to be handed to Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande on Monday.

  • Read the original of the above report by Bulelwa Payi at Weekend Argus

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