The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), National Education, Health and Allied Workersâ€
On Wednesday Nehawu, Numsa, the Administrative, Library and Technical Staff Association (ALTSA) and the Academic Staff Association of Wits University (Asawu) signed an agreement with Wits officially ending the workersâ€
In an interview with the Daily Vox, Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi said Numsa members were satisfied with Witsâ€
â€œWits management presented us with an offer on Saturday afternoon which we deliberated on until late into the night and brought back to our members who accepted the terms,â€ said Hlubi.
Hlubi said the proposal was favourable to Numsa as most their members were among the lowest paid in grades 16 and 17. The new proposal effectively elevated these wages to that of grade 15 – Â abolishing grade 16 and 17.
However Nehawu were not initially satisfied with the new proposal and continued their strike up until Wednesday morning.
Their first issue was that Wits wanted worker bonuses to be determined on the basis of performance – where the amount workersâ€
â€œThis is not acceptable, the bonuses need to be guaranteed and fixed. Wits proposal leaves workers open to manipulation and favouritism by supervisors,â€ said Xaba.
Spokesperson for Wits, Shirona Patel, said that the allegations that workersâ€
Nevertheless, on Wednesday unions and Wits management came to agree on the proposal established over the weekend with Wits committing to further engagement on issues raised by Nehawu, but not granting them. In addition, dog handlers and drivers will now receive a 10% wage increase, a meal allowance per shift and access to night shifts with night work allowances.
Workers interviewed at Wits university said on Wednesday morning that they were thrilled with the outcome and would be returning to work on Thursday.
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