Netcare workers on full-blown strike

2010-06-02 08:06

Health workers from 11 Netcare hospitals in five provinces embarked

on a full-blown strike today following a wage dispute, the Health and Other

Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) said.


“We did not want to strike and last week we started picketing, but

we’ve since heard no word from management. This means that they are now taking

us for granted,” Hospersa’s general secretary, Noel Desfontaines, said.


Workers from two hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal were protesting outside

their hospitals by about 8.40am today.


Workers from four other provinces were expected to join in the

strike.


The union, representing nurses and administration workers, wanted a

12% salary increase while the company was prepared to pay 8.5%.


Affected hospitals were the N17 Hospital in Gauteng; St

Augustine’s, Parklands, Umhlanga and Alberlito hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal; Kyler

and Greenacres hospitals in the Eastern Cape; Ferncrest Hospital in the North

West; and Pelenomi and Kroonstad hospitals in the Free State.


Hospersa declared a dispute with Netcare management last

week.

 

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