The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has signed a settlement agreement after a 4 days strike at the Agricultural Research Council [ARC]. The strike came as a result of the failure by the employer to give our members a salary increase and other demands that we tabled with the employer. After marathon meetings with the employer parties agreed on the following:
– Salary increase on a sliding scale ranging from 10 percent and 1 percent for senior managerial staff members on a single term agreement. Parties are to meet later in the year and renegotiate for those senior managerial staff members and workers between GG7 and GG 12 salary scales.
– A process to deal with medical aid; housing allowance; performance bonus and pay progression.
– Employer to assist employees who are injured whilst on duty by allowing them to be treated by private institutions
NEHAWU consulted all its members on the settlement agreement and majority of its members mandated the union to settle the dispute. The union is now preparing to campaign for the ARC to be funded correctly as the council plays a pivotal role in the health our fellow South Africans. Our government needs to play a proactive role in ensuring that the ARC is properly funded and it keeps its doors open at all times.