NSFAS strike over

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Nehawu voices its dissatisfaction with the decision by High Court ruling on the textiles manufacturers

Nehawu voices its dissatisfaction with the decision by High Court ruling on the textiles manufacturers

JOHANNESBURG - The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) reached an agreement on Monday to bring to an end a four-day strike over entry salary levels.

They announced a once-off gratuity ranging from R4,500 to R8,500 for all NSFAS 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.

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Entry-level pay for senior financial administrators will increase from R209,156 a year to R289,336 and for board committee specialists from R289,336 a year to R359,313.

Saphetha said it was a "victory" that the increases in the salaries of those already employed would be backdated to 1 November 2017.

The agreement includes the permanent absorption of 75 employees whose contracts were to expire at the end of April.

"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, while both parties committed themselves to making performance management work for the next financial year."

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".