The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) says it has seen no willingness from the Higher Education Department (DHET) to hear it's calls related to the working conditions of workers at colleges.
On Thursday, the union will embark on a national strike at technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and community education and training (CET) colleges across the country.
It is calling for the removal of the Director General of the DHET Mr Gwebinkundla Qonde and Deputy Director General-Corporate Services for failing to implement what it believes should be sound HR policies at the department.
The union is also calling for its members to be
Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xhaba says their list of demands go as far back as 2015.
When the migration from the independent councils took place, what that meant was that these workers were now counted as public servants so they were to be given the same benefits and the same salary as public servants but currently that is not the case. Moreover, they continue to be employed as contract workers— Khaya Xhaba, Spokesperson - Nehawu
Those contracts from time to time, they are ended without consultation of the unions. Those TVET colleges are run as spaza shops , so the condistion of our members is not a good one. We have been raising these issue since 2015.— Khaya Xhaba, Spokesperson - Nehawu
We have not seen any willingness to show that they are willing to listen to our demands. If we can't win these issues in the boardroom, we will rather take them to the streets, it's unfortunate that it has to happen when the schooling year has to start.— Khaya Xhaba, Spokesperson - Nehawu
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