Nehawu Provincial Secretary Eric Kweleta said that as part of the agreement, the NSFAS leadership had also agreed and pledged that no one would be victimized to participate in the protected strike. The next round of wage negotiations is expected to begin soon and work is underway to formulate the government`s position, the Finance Ministry said. We will do everything in our power to ensure that the government reverses the achievements of our members and does not respect binding collective agreements. NEHAWU will use all the resources at its disposal to defend its members against the government`s onslaught. This is a struggle we are not prepared to lose and the government must prepare for a relentless war to defend our members and our workers in general. Nehawu general secretary Zola Saphetha said the union`s leadership, however, had asked the Ramaphosa government to initially withdraw its legal proceedings to repeal the agreement and declare it unconstitutional. He said the union had also requested that other public sector unions that signed the deal be involved in negotiations with Ramaphosa and his team. Phatisa Ntlonze, a spokeswoman for the NSFAS, said: “The increases will be made from 30 “On 20 October 2020 and will be retroactive to April 2020.” “They intend to cut R60 billion from the public sector payroll in 2021/22, R90 billion in 2022/23 and R150 billion in 2023/24, and they have already started the R37 billion of the final stage of the 2018 collective agreement.” Cap – A two-week wage freeze between the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers` Union (Nehawu) has been broken with an agreement on a 6% increase. Nehawu said he sees the wage increases as a victory for workers and hopes NSFAS will abide by the deal. In his statement on medium-term fiscal policy (MTBPS) on Wednesday, October 28, Mboweni said the national finance ministry would propose a three-year wage freeze in order to stabilize the increase in the public sector wage bill. . . .