Hospital laboratory staff picket for increase

2015-07-09 06:00
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PORT SHEPSTONE Regional Hospital laboratory staff picketed outside the hospital’s main entrance on Monday during lunch time, demanding an eight percent wage increase among a list of other requests and grievances.

The group said this comes after Nehawu’s instruction for members to picket from Monday until they meet the employer again on Wednesday 8 July.

Shop steward Sibongile Peko said they do not have anything they can use as a bargaining tool so this is why they use picketing as a way of getting their message through to their employer.

Peko said the union met with the CCMA last Thursday and no agreement was reached regarding their demands.

The group demanded that the National Health laboratory services give them an eight percent wage increase, that is stops privatisation, stops the outsourcing of staff and implements salary scales, medical aid and a housing allowance.

Shop steward Terrence Mboyisa said the employer should reintegrate NHLS into the public sector.

The group of laboratory workers threatened that if no resolution is taken in the next meeting they will close the laboratory and go on a full strike.

Port Shepstone Hospital spokesperson Phumza Morai confirmed that the picket was legal as the staff had been told by its union to picket.

“The lab is a separate entity - it operates independently.

“Delays may result in waiting time from the relevant departments, but we hope this does not affect the institution,” said Morai

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