Nehawu claims state employees are being intimidated over early retirement offer

EWN writes that while some public sector unions are discouraging their members from taking up government’s tax exempted early retirement offers, others have warned of intimidation by managers. The government has opened applications to state employees who wish to go on early retirement as one of the measures being carried out to curb the wage bill. Government’s plans have not enjoyed the support of unions, with the organisations declaring a dispute at the Public Service Bargaining Council over the matter.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has complained of managers in government who have made it appear as though employees are compelled to commit to the voluntary retirement. The government plans to cut at least 30,000 jobs through the process, with Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu confirming that the process was underway.

by Theto Mahlakoana


SAPS to march against gender-based violence

eNCA reports that the men of the South African Police Service are mobilising in Pretoria to march against gender-based violence as well as violence against children and other vulnerable groups. The march will be led by Police Minister Bheki Cele and is aimed at raising awareness and also urging society to get more involved in reporting gender-based […]

Tertiary institutions need centres to deal with gender violence: Mazibuko

SABC News reports that Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko has called for victim empowerment centres in tertiary institutions has called for victim empowerment. Mazibuko says tertiary institutions that do not have victim empowerment centres subject victims of gender-based violence to secondary trauma. “Young women, they don’t have facilities, there is no infrastructure that […]