NEHAWU Threatens Shutdown at Tzaneen Construction Site

By Thabo Monyela
TZANEEN – The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union ( Nehawu) vow a total closure of the Tzaneen Department of Water and Sanitation’s Construction North site if the government continues to delay the procession of the annual performance bonuses.
The workers affiliated with Nehawu held what they called “Signing” outside the department’s building on Thursday, 13 May 2021 to demand the exact date of the procession of their annual performance bonuses. According to the department’s policy, the workers are expected to be assessed annually around April and receive their entitled annual performance bonus in August of every financial year.
However, these frustrated workers have been waiting for their annual performance bonus for 8 months now. To rub salt to the wound, the workers had not been assessed for the 2020/2021 financial year and also threatens their performance bonuses for the current financial year.
Nehawu Acting Secretary in the Tzaneen construction North-Site Lerato Sekgotodi says, “we have been trying to communicate with the department ever since last year, but our concerns are reaching to deaf ears”
 Sekgotodi further said that they are giving the management 48 hours to resolve their issues or else all the gates of the Tzaneen construction North unit will be closed Indefinitely. Sekgotodi further informed the publication that is not the first time the department violates section 76, which states that workers are entitled to a performance bonus after four months of annual assessment.
Tzaneen Construction North-Unit comprises supply-chain and payments sections. The looming total shut-down will results in the stuck of several units, negatively affect the production, and result in the late payments of the department’s contractors.
“if we don’t pay our suppliers, we will be violating the contract which the National Treasury has outlined, that we must pay our contractors within the 30 days from the day of the service” Newahu acting Secretary concluded.
The Tzaneen Construction North-Unit manager, Felix Mothiba could not be reached for comments at the time of publishing.

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