NEHAWU files court papers on the ANC to pay workers

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Tebogo Msimanga |

National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) says it fully supports the struggles waged by their members and staff of the African National Congress (ANC) in their fight for improved conditions of service.

NEHAWU General Secretary Zola Saphetha said these workers are going through a sad and traumatising period as a direct result of the failures of the ANC to honour and fulfil its contractual obligations.

Saphetha added that the late salaries’ payment has resulted in their members and workers losing all that they have worked for years as they have faced a stark reality of banks repossessing their homes and cars. “As NEHAWU, we consciously took a right and correct decision to take the ANC to Labour Court as papers were filled on the 31st January 2022. On the papers, as submitted by the union for and on behalf of its members and staff in general of the ANC, we demand that the service tendered by workers must be remunerated immediately.

He further said previously, the ANC made numerous commitments and promises which raised high hopes to its employees that it would pay salaries and contribute to the Provide Fund, to the UIF and the Medical Aid Scheme on time, however, these have not been the case rather remained an unfulfilled promises.

“It is the fact that ANC has deliberately failed and elected not to honour its contractual obligations since October 2021 which made workers go to December Festive and Christmas without any salary but the ANC continued to gear to January 2022 celebrations cutting cakes as if all is well and sorted with their employees.”

Saphetha said despite the public stance made by its President, Cyril Ramaphosa that the ANC is prioritising the payment of its workers as he claimed to be working on salaries and three weeks later nothing has happened instead these workers are being threatened with retrenchment.

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