The National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) insists that none of their members is compelled to go into early retirement unless it is self-initiated.
There are reports that the government will continue with its plans to trim the public sector wage bill.
Minister of Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu is said to have revealed in a parliamentary reply that his department and Treasury were looking at cost-saving measures such as early retirement. This follows Treasury's offer that would-be retirees in the public service retire early without penalties.
Nehawu first deputy president Mike Shingange explains that the law does not force one to go on retirement.
Our members are not forced to go on retirement unless they themselves deem it fit.— Mike Shingange, First deputy president - Nehawu
Some managers make it as if it is compulsory that once you are 55 and above you have to go on retirement so they will write you letters almost intimidating you, but what we have done in educating in members is that they should know their rights.— Mike Shingange, First deputy president - Nehawu
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