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Talks begin to end Nehawu strike

JOHANNESBURG, March 23 (ANA) – The National Education Health & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and the Social department have begun talks to end the ongoing strike.

The union and the department had an extensive negotiating meeting in Tshwane on Wednesday. The meeting was at the request of the department to table a response to the Nehawu memorandum of demands.

“The employer tabled an offer in response to the demands made by the national union during its march on February 10, 2017 for consideration,” said Nehawu in a statement late Wednesday.

The Union has made several demands including, a rural allowance and that the department permanently employs all contract workers in the gender-based violence centres. They striking workers also want the department to realign its remuneration structure to ensure they are compensated fairly.

“As the national union, we noted the employer’s response and agreed on a mandating process utilising the entire day of Thursday March 23, 2017 to consult our members on the picket lines.”

Nehawu said the meeting with the department will reconvene Thursday afternoon to report on their mandates and consultation processes with a view of concluding a collective agreement.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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