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Disgruntled Nupsaw members gather in front of the Office of the Premier to demand among others the renewal of contracts.

Third march of social workers to have their voices heard

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Members of the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) in Limpopo today (Thursday) embarked on a third march since the beginning of the year in an effort to have their grievances attended to.
During their first protest action earlier this year members approached the Department of Health followed by a second march to the Department of Social Development and the Office of the Premier. “This is our third march and the second time we try to get a reaction from Premier Stan Mathabatha. During the previous marches we handed memorandums to the relevant people but no-one has responded yet,” Nupsaw Regional Secretary of Sekhukhune, Alex Mmakatwane said.
He explained that members partaking in the march include social workers, home based carers, councillors, drop-in centre owners and employees as well as those involved in early childhood development programmes. “All of them are contract workers and we need a dedicated effort from government to appoint them on a permanent basis. Another issue is the expiring of their contracts next week and nothing has yet been done to start the renewal process. The process can take up to three months which means they will not receive any wage for that period. They only earn R1 500 per month which is also not on par with other provinces,” Mmakatwana explained the reasons for the march.
Members were also adamant that Mathabatha first respond to previous memorandums before the third one will be handed to representatives of his office.

Story and photo: RC MYBURG
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