NEHAWU members. Picture: THULANI MBELE/SOWETAN
NEHAWU members. Picture: THULANI MBELE/SOWETAN

THE National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) was to apply for an urgent interdict against Parliament late on Friday over money deducted for days missed during last year’s strike.

Chairperson of the union’s Parliament branch Sthembiso Tembe said the urgent application was expected to be heard in the Labour Court.

"We want the court to interdict Parliament from making the deductions until issues of performance bonuses and the dispute over the number of days deducted are resolved,’’ Mr Tembe said.

Nehawu said 571 employees had their salaries deducted for missing work during the lengthy strike.

The strike centred on how performance bonuses should be calculated.

The dispute started when members said Parliament had promised to pay their annual performance bonuses on a calculation based on one year’s pay.

Parliament said it had agreed to the bonus percentages being calculated on one month’s pay.

At one point the employees, ranging from interpreters to researchers, writers and clerks, were pushed back by police who fired stun grenades at them as they protested around the precinct, at times bursting into committee rooms and tipping over food.

On Thursday afternoon they had a meeting to discuss their latest payslips, which showed they would lose pay for the days they were on strike.

They also objected to being vetted again by security.

Parliament said at the time that the strike was unprotected it would take action against anybody guilty of misconduct.

Mr Tembe said the performance bonus issues had still not been resolved, with at least 182 people not paid.

Asked whether it was true that the union’s national office had refused to pay a lawyer for the interdict, Mr Tembe said that was a misunderstanding and union counsel had since been secured.

A strike was not on the cards as yet.

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