Nehawu not halting parliament strike over bonuses

 

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has vowed it will not halt with its strike action against the Parliament for backing away from an agreement to pay workers performance bonuses.

This is after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Monday found no evidence that the Parliament’s management acted with malice or irrationally when reducing the bonus payments of employees.

The CCMA further insisted that both the parties must continue negotiating the issue internally.

In 2015 Nehawu approached the CCMA to request the declaration of Parliament’s review of performance scores of employees as “unfair labour practice”.

And the issue of performance bonuses gave rise to a month-long strike by parliamentary support staff since last year.

Nehawu’s Provincial Secretary Eric Kweleta said they will be taking the matter up internally as there are still individuals who are not pleased with their performance payouts and the suspension of five workers pending disciplinary action.

“The CCMA just reaffirmed our position that this is depute resolution process that are there. They’ve since instructed both parties must by the end of September resolved their thing.”

“There are no winners or losers there. The CCMA just reaffirms that both parties must address this thing internally and resolve it by 30 September,” added Kweleta.

On the other hand, the Parliament said it believes that the ruling will be an indication to the union that officials acted in good faith

“The ruling by CCMA is a thorough vindication of the position of Parliament in its submissions and public pronouncements. Parliament’s management acted in good faith in its engagement with employee issues. It also exposes the unreasonableness of the local branch of Nehawu and those that joined in the unfair condemnation of Parliament,” said the Parliament.

The Parliament added it hopes that the ruling will close the current chapter of negative engagement.

 

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