The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) have reached an agreement with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) to bring to an end a  strike over entry salary levels and also announced a once-off gratuity ranging from R4 500 to R8 500 for all employees.

Nehawu general secretary Zola Saphetha said the package workers accepted in order to suspend the strike contained agreements to address entry-level salary anomalies for administrators to be increased from R175,156 a year to R209,421 a year.

The change of entry levels as reflected above came with a victory that those already in the employ in such posts means change of new salaries will be backdated to 1st November 2017, said Saphetha.

“The agreement also includes the permanent absorption of 75 employees whose contracts were coming to an end at the end of April 2018.
“The union has further scored a victory of a once off gratuity ranging from R4,500 to R8,500 for all employees who are part of the bargaining unit whilst both parties committed themselves on making performance management to work for the next financial year.”, said Saphetha.

Saphetha said the other important victory was a sexual harassment policy and a review of recruitment policy to ensure “favouritism and abuse of power were fought tooth and nail in the workplace”.

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