JOHANNESBURG – The results of a recent meeting between President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Nehawu health workers` union are not yet a word. Nehawu headed to the Union Buildings earlier this month and called on the government to respect its 8% collective agreement over three years. They called on the government to abide by a three-year collective agreement, appropriate PPEs and an increase in staff capacity. This was the agreement reached on Friday at a meeting organized by President Cyril Ramaphosa with the national offices of the public sector union. Nehawu President Mzwandile Makwayiba said the union was fighting for the implementation of a wage agreement that was reached in 2018, as well as issues related to health workers, who contracted covid-19, News24 reported at the time. The meeting agreed to have future discussions between the government and the unions, with a working team to address health sector issues. Subsequently, the state renounced a wage-raising agreement it had signed three years ago with the unions. The case is now the subject of arbitration and legal proceedings. The union also wants a wage increase, which was due to come into effect in April, to be implemented.
The National Education Health and Allied Workers` Union (Nehawu) said issues related to rising salaries for civil servants and lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-hand workers are part of the agenda for its meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa, scheduled for Friday. . Nehawu members protested outside the Union buildings on Monday and called on Ramaphosa to respond in an „appropriate and positive“ manner. Xaba said the issue of wage increases was the most important, as front-line workers are now exposed to poverty. Updated September 25, 2020, 7:05 p.m. .m | By Nokukhanya N Mntambo The National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) will report to its members and management on Saturday on developments after a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday. . . . „We submitted our subjects to the anC leadership and they promised to think about it and come back to us. All officials attended the meeting, with the exception of the president,“ Xaba said.
. Ramaphosa hosted a meeting with the national offices of the public sector union on Friday after Tuesday`s meeting was postponed due to a Ramaphosa cold. The meeting follows weeks of concern from union members, which resulted in the handing over of a memorandum with requests to the presidency. On Monday, Nehawu protested to the Union Buildings because a memorandum they sent in early September has not yet received a response. The reports of these teams will be presented at a meeting of senior government and public sector union officials, who will soon meet again at a favourable time for both parties to develop solutions for the benefit of workers, the public sector, the nation and the economy as a whole.