Nehawu suspends nationwide public services wage strike

An end to disruptive protest action as a result of a wage dispute has finally come to an end as workers return to work.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) suspended their national strike yesterday after reaching a settlement agreement with the government at the Bargaining Council.

In a statement, Nehawu said: “The government agreed that residual and substantive matters emanating from 2022/2023 wage dispute related to Cola [Cost-Of-Living Adjustments] will be tabled and positively dealt with and concluded as part of 2023/2024 wage negotiations.”

The strike started last Monday and workers intensified the strike after a week of their demands not being met.

In Middelburg, this resulted in Middelburg Provincial Hospital’s gate being blocked off with burning tyres and prohibiting ambulances and patients from going into the hospital.

The strike also affected services at the home affairs offices, the department of labour, Sassa and the department of public works.

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