The actions of National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union members during protests at the Eastern Cape Legislature this morning cannot be condoned.
While Democratic Alliance acknowledges that workers have the right to strike, they should not have disrupted committee meetings taking place.
Notice of the intended strike should have been given, and alternative arrangements for meetings to continue peacefully, should have been made.
Unions cannot be allowed to disrupt the business of the house. The committee rooms were locked and the entire programme for the day has come to a halt.
While the matter has now been resolved, these disruptions interrupt the work flow and impact on the critical oversight responsibilities of the House.
This oversight is vital in holding government departments to account and ultimately ensuring that key services are delivered to the people of the province.
A Democratic Alliance-led provincial government will ensure a functioning legislature, where the rights of all are respected and where there is a stronger collaboration between the executive and the unions.
Only a DA led government can bring the change that will create fair access to jobs, deliver better services and Build One South Africa for All.