The South African Parliament on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) to call off its strike.

Parliamentary staff have been on strike over salaries and bonuses and have been at loggerheads with management for several weeks.

In a statement, Parliament said: “The reports about the cancellation of the strike follow a revised offer to Nehawu regarding the calculation of bonuses for qualifying staff. No signed agreement has however been presented to management yet … Parliament has consistently encouraged the union to engage with management on issues of common concern as the only way to resolve challenges.”

Nehawu counts almost 1,000 members at Parliament. During the strike last month police were called into the parliamentary grounds to disperse striking workers. The police fired stun grenades at the striking workers.

The strike impacted severely on the functioning of parliament as numerous committee meetings were disrupted.

Parliament said it noted the conditions which had reportedly been attached to the acceptance of the revised offer.

“In this respect, all due institutional processes as earlier communicated to the union will be followed. These include the no work no pay principle and implementation of due disciplinary and any other corrective processes where appropriate.

“Parliament further asserts that acts of violence, intimidation and victimisation of staff will not be tolerated.”

Parliament urged all parties concerned to work hard to achieve sustained labour peace in the institution.

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