Netcare support staff demand wage hike

2013-04-16 00:00

NETCARE support workers around the country, including at Pietermaritzburg’s St Anne’s Hospital, yesterday embarked on a wage strike, demanding an increase of 11%.

Peter Warrener, group human resources director at Netcare, said they had been given notice by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) that they would go on strike at certain Netcare facilities from yesterday.

“Only business units where Nehawu enjoys bargaining rights would be impacted by the proposed industrial action,” Warrener said.

“Nehawu is one of four unions within Netcare and represents approximately 5,7% of Netcare’s 20 500 permanent employees,” he said.

He said the 1 153 staff belonging to the union were mainly administrative and support personnel.

He said an agreement was reached with Solidarity, Hospersa and Denosa on a 7,2% across-the-board annual salary increase for administrative, nursing and support employees.

“The company presented the same offer to Nehawu, including an eight percent increase to the minimum wage level, but an agreement was unfortunately not reached,” he said.

Nehawu’s national spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, told The Witness that they had revised their initial demand from 15% down to 11%.

“The employer is sitting at 7,2%. Today was a stay-away; tomorrow will be a full-blown strike,” he said.

He added that workers might embark on pickets at some Netcare hospitals.

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