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NSFAS workers on strike for higher wages

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Union hopes students will join protest

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National Student Financial Aid Scheme workers protested outside their offices in Wynberg, Cape Town. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare
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About 200 employees of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) protested outside its offices in Wynberg, Cape Town, on Tuesday, demanding higher salaries and other improvements.

The workers claimed management had failed to meet demands submitted by their union, the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) in September last year.

Protesters danced, chanted slogans, sang and waved placards.

Among their demands were higher minimum salaries, promotion for cleaners, medical aid for parents of employees, permanent employment for workers on contract, and an end to “abuse of power and prostitution for jobs”.

Baxolise Mali, Nehawu Regional Secretary, told protesters: “NSFAS has been playing hide and seek. Nehawu has decided to take workers out of the workplace as we believe [it] is the language the employer would understand.”

“If we do not get a response by Friday, we will call other branches to join the strike,” said Mali.

Linda Mcetywa, Nehawu chairperson of the iKapa South Region, said the union was aware that students who depended on NSFAS would suffer. “It is a way of forcing them to join us in this protest so that our demands are met.”

The demands were handed to Steven Zwane, NSFAS CEO. Zwane said management would look into workers’ demands. “Their right to go on strike is respected. We believe we will be able to find common ground soonest.”

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