The National Health Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) in KwaZulu-Natal is preparing for a strike at the Dube Trade Port after wage negotiations deadlocked. The strike is expected to begin on Monday. In a statement issued by Nehawu KwaZulu-Natal‚ the union said it had convened numerous meetings with management of the port. "The membership of the union then mandated the leadership to roll out preparations for a strike action‚" said Nehawu provincial secretary Phakama Ndunakazi. The demands include the introduction of a 13th cheque‚ a monthly housing allowance of R1,500 and medical aid where the employer contributes 50%. "We demand inflation plus 6% (12% total)‚ R12,000 minimum wage and the employer is only offering 8% and refuses to address the issue of minimum wage‚" Nehawu said. TMG Digital/TimesLIVE

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