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NEHAWU preparing for a strike at the University of Fort Hare

13 June 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] is preparing to go on strike action at the University of Fort Hare over deadlocked salary negotiations after serving the employer with a notice to strike as per the Labour Relations Act [LRA].

This comes after the CCMA issued the union with a certificate of non-resolution because the employer vehemently refused to concede to workers' demands. The employer has been deliberately postponing the bargaining forum since last year on several occasion without advancing tangible reasons. This has further compromised the relationship between parties and subsequently resulted in a deadlock in negotiations.

Fort Hare University is currently not compensating workers in line with the national market like the other 25 universities in the country thus leading the institution to fail to attract the required quality talent from the academic pool and support staff. As NEHAWU, we are more than determined to find to the bitter end for our members and workers to receive better salaries and improved working conditions.

The national union believes that the demands by workers are reasonable and the university does not have concrete reasons why they should not implement them. If the university is serious about continuing with its unquestionable history of producing exceptional leaders it must take care of its most prized assets which is its human resources. Workers are demanding the following:

  • An across the board salary increment of 12%
  • Notch increase of 5%
  • Housing allowance of R500
  • Review of Conditions of services

The employer' brutal offer of 6%, housing allowance of R100, casual workers allowance of R150 has been rejected by the national union as we view it as undermining the union membership together with the workforce of the university. We hope the university management will come to its senses before their arrogance causes disruption to the academic calendar of the university. NEHAWU has an open door policy and is available anytime to negotiate with the management as and when they have an improved offer.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968; December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969; Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500 or email: khaya@nehawu.org.za Visit NEHAWU website: www.nehawu.org.za