Parliament management has reprimanded staff members for objecting Parliament secretary, Gengezi Mgidlana from addressing them during a meeting on Tuesday.
The meeting hit the rocks when National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members burst out singing and branding Mgidlana an “illegitimate” secretary.
The Parliament scribe was left with no option but to walk out of the meeting after his calls for quietness and decorum was ignored by the restless group.
According to Nehawu, the meeting, meant to discuss “matters of mutual concern” hit the rocks because the secretary ignored two outstanding issues from a strike that took place the end of last year.
Nehawu Slams Gengezi Mgidlana
Speaking further, the group enumerated reductions to the salaries of Parliamentary staff for days when they were on strike, as well as the reduction to staff performance scores, which determined their bonus as the outstanding issues Mgidlana failed to address.
“He had a number of items. However, he could not proceed because as the secretary he has lost legitimacy. The issue of deductions was not addressed. He has refused to reverse deductions, as we demanded.
The reductions of worker scores are still unaddressed so we let him know that we will not allow him to speak,” Nehawu Parliamentary branch chairman Sthembiso Tembe.
The branch chairman slammed Gengezi Mgidlana for “abusing power by employing police and bouncers to protect himself from staff”. He said, it showed that he had no intention of engaging staff as employees.
In addition, he disclosed that workers salaries were docked, despite an agreement that there would be a moratorium on deductions.
“The presiding officers, together with Nehawu’s national office bearers, agreed that deductions already effected in February would be revered. He hasn’t done that,” Tembe said.
Reports from the union revealed that from November 25 to December 25 last year, staff were a locked-out of Parliament but that those days were counted as strike days, resulting in further pay deductions.
The union’s chairman noted that the Parliament secretary failed to pay out the bonus amounts on December 15. He later paid on December 18 but reduced the performance scores.
“If I rate myself a four and he decides I am not worth a four, he must give me a chance to defend my score and not just reduce it,” he said.
National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has been a vocal critic of Mgidlana. The union has severally accused him of abusing his power and welshing on collective agreements.