Health dept condemns strike violence

2012-11-27 20:52
(Picture: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com">Shutterstock</a> )

(Picture: Shutterstock )

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Intimidation and damage to property during an illegal strike by Eastern Cape paramedics is worrying, a provincial health official said on Tuesday.

"It is criminal and against the Constitution and laws of [the] country," spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

"When fighting for your rights you are not supposed to undermine other people's rights. We are worried by the situation... We have committed to pay money that is owed to them."

The strike was prompted by issues relating to overtime, performance bonuses, salaries, and discrepancies in salaries.

Kupelo said paramedics, who had been on strike since last week, were intimidating their non-striking colleagues and had threatened to burn down their houses.

Late on Tuesday, shots were fired at a vehicle transporting 11 patients from Frere Hospital, East London, to the Frontier Hospital in Queenstown.

"Fortunately no one was hurt; the bullet went through the window."

The vehicle received a police escort to Queenstown and a case was opened.

Striking workers had caused damage estimated at R1m to the provincial call centre, forcing its closure, he said.

On Monday, strikers switched off the oxygen at Bhisho Hospital. The patients affected were taken to nearby hospitals.

"We condemn the criminal element which is putting the lives of people at risk."

Kupelo said the province had to rely on private ambulance companies.

The strike was about the R191m owed to workers and was organised by an unrecognised splinter union.

The department had paid R9m to about 2000 workers and was busy paying off the rest of the debt.

Kupelo said some of the workers had not supplied the department with the paperwork required to process the payments.

"We will only pay for legitimate claims, and we won't be pressured by striking workers and make irregular payments."

He said the department had been in similar position in 2009, when it paid R387m to striking workers, instead of R26m. Since then the provincial health department had paid salaries on time.

Eastern Cape police could not immediately confirm reports of intimidation or damage to property.

- SAPA
Read more on:    port elizabeth  |  east london  |  strikes  |  labour
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Africa: Land of Billionaires!

Find out who are the richest of the richest in Africa!

 
 

Men24.com

Best bro movies 2014
Every man should be able to do these three things
Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!
Hottie of the day: Jesselyn

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

24 hour sale – Up to 70% off

Its black Friday, save up to 70% on a wide range of awesome products at kalahari.com. Offers valid while stocks last. T&C’s apply. Shop now!

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Grandiose ideas and plans can trip you up today. Keep things in context and take one step at a time....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.