HUNDREDS OF COMMENTS: The informally named twin peaks bill will go back to Parliament in August. Organisations representing the banks and savers have already expressed their views on the bill. Picture: THE TIMES
Picture: THE TIMES

THE National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) on Thursday called an end to their strike in Parliament following discussions with Parliament management, facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

The end of the strike sees the union making various compromises as Parliamentary staff members belonging to the union returned to duty at the legislature. The matter of salary deductions, as part of Parliament’s "no work, no pay" policy remain under discussion.

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However, union leaders who were suspended will now be restored to their work in Parliament and those facing disciplinary proceedings for walking out of a staff meeting have been let off with a written warning.

During a joint media briefing in Parliament on Thursday, secretary to the Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana said the decision to return to duty was made with a view of developing channels through which the union and Parliament could openly communicate.

"Recent rounds of engagement were focused on recent strike action that took place. Leadership accelerated the process of discussions that took place to find more sustainable solutions. The discussions were robust, fruitful and positive," Mgidlana said.

He said no deductions were being instituted on staff members and that Parliament would allow for discussions with the union’s regional and provincial leadership on future matters of importance.

Nehawu deputy general secretary Zola Saphetha rejected suggestions that the union lost out in the compromise and said that leaders received the mandate of staff members before it settled and resolved to end the strike.

"Our members have accepted the written warning as a way of taking the operations of Parliament forward. We are not shocked about this. Maybe you are, as the media, but we knew we would agree to this," Saphetha said. Parliament and the union would have to hold discussions on how best to handle the salary deductions. Workers are critical to the management of the institution, he said.