NSFAS Employees Strike Could Affect Allowances

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The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) members have started striking in front of NSFAS offices in Wynberg, Cape Town, in hopes to get their demands for a salary increase to be taken seriously and heard.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) members have started striking in front of NSFAS offices in Wynberg, Cape Town, in hopes to get their demands for a salary increase to be taken seriously and heard.

NEHAWU national spokesperson Khaya Xaba has said, “NEHAWU members will embark on industrial action and the strike action will continue indefinitely until our demands are successfully met by the employer. Workers are demanding an 8% salary increase while the employer is only prepared to offer a 0% salary increase”.

However, NSFAS denied these claims and said that they offered the union a 4.3% increase due to being impacted by the pandemic. NEHAWU also initially asked for 13% but then decreased it to 8%.

The NEHAWU spokesperson responded to this and said that the financial aid scheme can’t use the pandemic as an excuse because it received its budget allocation from the government before lockdown began.

Salary negotiations have been happening since June and engagements between NSFAS and NEHAWU continue concerning the salary increase. NSFAS has also said that they seek to gain some guidance from the National Treasury on the matter.

Xaba previously said, “We cannot find common ground with the employer, and the CCMA has given us a strike of non-resolution, which means that we can start getting members and prepare for a strike. So, that’s what we are doing now.”

There was a unanimous vote from the union for the strike to take place and that this strike will be used to display anger on issues that Xaba says include, “unfair suspensions and victimization of workers based on union affiliation.”

Employees of the financial aid scheme also want a new system to be brought in for their pension as they say the current one does not work. Workers want NSFAS to use the Government Employees Pension Fund [GEPF] and other alternative pension fund services providers.

Workers also struck last year August on similar issues and Xaba says members have been patient with waiting for a solution.

“But instead of improvements, their situation is turning dire by the day. High levels of financial mismanagement, unfair suspension and purging of senior staff members continue to be the order of the day. An influx of appointments continue to be made without a recruitment and selection policy coupled with the absence of an organogram,” said the spokesperson.

SASCO’s Buthanani Thobela said a few weeks ago, “We call for a proper account at Nsfas and clear business lifeline” and supports the Union’s decision to strike. SASCO, along with NEHAWU, is also demanding that current NSFAS Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, should be removed from his position as they believe he has mismanaged NSFAS.

Workers at NSFAS striking could lead to a delay in students receiving their allowances.

NSFAS posted on their social media, “Due to the scheduled NEHAWU picket taking place today, we are experiencing a delayed response time for all queries. Our team is working tirelessly to ensure we attend to your queries. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience.”

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