Mount Edgecombe strike continues against glaring ‘corporate greed’

2014-01-24 00:00

THE strike by workers at Life Healthcare in Mount Edgecombe enters its third day today after Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) had refused to budge on the salary increase offered by management.

The union said yesterday the management increased its offer from its original 6,5% to seven percent, while the union has revised its demand from 10,5% to eight percent.

In a statement, the union said Life Healthcare group was reporting excellent profits, steady growth and has embarked upon an expansion programme.

“Its failure to offer its staff members, who are the face of its organisation, a decent increase and a living wage, amounts to a glaring case of corporate greed,” Hospersa spokesperson Michelle Connoly said.

Connoly said Life healthcare would rather plough funds into the expansion at its Mount Edgecombe facility, a new facility outside Pietermaritzburg and that they planned to expand into India.

She also accused the hospital of exploitative labour practices and overuse of contract workers supplied by labour brokers. “Hospersa is calling upon Life Healthcare to desist from the perpetration of exploitative labour practices,” she said.

The hospital has not responded yet to requests for comment.

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