Continuous effort by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) to have Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure MEC, Jerry Ndou respond to a recently submitted memorandum has temporarily been halted.
Last Thursday saw the arrest of Local Nehawu Branch Chairperson, Rethi Mpai and five other members after union members gathered at the department’s head office in Church Street and Ndou and acting Head of Department Kate Machaba were locked inside the building. The six were not charged and released the following day.
About the way forward Mpai said: “Nehawu and the provincial leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) are in engaged in meetings to discuss the situation. We lost hope and have temporarily suspended all picketing until engagement with the ANC is complete.”
The memorandum contained grievances concerning non-attendance, neglect and disregard of Nehawu’s demands.
The department did not respond within 14 days as requested, which led to the second picketing and lock-in of Ndou and Machaba last week.
The union also raised its concerns about alleged maladministration, avoidance, neglect and ill-treatment by management which adversely affect conditions of service of their members.
Story: RC Myburgh
Photo: A member of the Police attempts to unlock the front door of the Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure last Thursday.