Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU ) condemned utterances by Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana that government may have to consider retrenching public servants to bring the wage bill to more sustainable levels.
Nehawu General Secretary Zola Saphetha said as a Union, they deplore any plans by the government to retrench workers which would result in a job bloodbath. “We deem the utterance by the Minister as reckless and a serious provocation. We want to send a strong warning to the Minister and government, that we will fight with all in our power any retrenchments”.
Saphetha added that NEHAWU recommends that the Minister focus on eradicating wasteful, fruitless, and irregular expenditure by the government and managing the country’s finances for the promotion of economic development, good governance, social progress and a rising standard of living for all South Africans.