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nehawu80Fin24 reports that the plans of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) to march at the end of the month over continued uncertainty regarding public sector wage increrases have been roundly criticised as irresponsible and short-sighted, in light of the coronavirus outbreak.  

President Cyril Ramaphosa has introduced a range of measures to curb the spread of the virus, including a ban on public gatherings of 100 people or more, but Nehawu said it still intended to march.  The union has rejected a proposal amounting to an effective zero percent increase for public servants on 1 April and has accused the accused government of trying to renege on the terms of the three-year wage agreement of 2018.  Public Service and Administration spokesperson Vukani Mbhele on Thursday said that talks with unions were still in progress.  Nehawu’s Zola Saphetha said nothing had changed regarding the talks or the union’s plans to march.  CEO of Business Leadership SA (Busa), Busisiwe Mavuso, noted that the union would be demonstrating at the most inopportune time, when the already beleaguered SA economy was about to be battered further by the coronavirus outbreak.  Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni commented that Nehawu's insistence on pursuing the issue at this time would result in a loss of public sympathy, regardless of how legitimate its concerns might be, if it were seen to be putting people’s health and safety at risk.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khulekani Magubane at Fin24

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