Parliament in lockdown to prevent disruption by Nehawu workers

PARLIAMENT went into lockdown on Wednesday, with a massive police presence checking identities at the entrance gates to prevent striking workers from entering the precinct.

This follows the promise of National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete that nothing would be allowed to delay the processing of the medium-term budget.

On Tuesday striking workers occupied the public galleries of the assembly, preventing the sitting of the house.

When the house convened the Economic Freedom Fighters made a spirited attempt to get proceedings delayed until a settlement had been reached between parliamentary management and the striking workers from the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union.

More than 1,000 workers went on strike for about 10 days earlier this month. The strike was suspended last week.

It resumed on Monday when Nehawu charged that the management of Parliament was not serious about negotiations to resolve the issue of performance bonuses.

Parliament had scheduled all day sittings for Tuesday and Wednesday to process a mountain of outstanding work — including the medium-term budget — before the house rises for the December break.



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