Picketing staff snub Grey’s offer

2016-02-17 11:00


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Pietermaritzburg - Grey's Hospital workers have threatened to intensify their picket if the management does not respond to their demands.

Zwe Ndlovu, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union chairperson at the hospital, said they were negotiating with other unions in the sector to join the picket.

“Management must be warned: we will not back down. Until they come with something better to the table, we will continue with our picketing,” he said.

Ndlovu said they had already snubbed management’s invitation to the negotiation table.

“We had to let them know that we are no pushovers. They were not bringing anything new to us; it would had been a waste of our time,” he said.

Yesterday the workers braved the rainy weather in Pietermaritzburg as they entered the third day of their lunch time pickets.

Nurses and maintenance staff joined in the singing and dancing in front of the hospital’s administration building.

Ndlovu called for the district or head office to intervene, as he said the union had exhausted all available platforms to negotiate with the hospital management. “There is that element of dictatorship in this hospital. All workers who stand up for their rights are being victimised.

“The hospital does not recognise the labour unions as permitted by the labour laws. I do not know how many times we have tried to talk to them,” he said.

The workers were protesting about alleged nepotism at the hospital.

“They do not follow proper procedures when they are hiring. They continue to advertise level 1 and 2 posts, which we have been calling for the abolishment of, for years now.

“The workers do not have uniforms because the hospital is saying it does not have funds. What are we expected to wear at work?” he asked.

Ndlovu said the workers were also fighting for the rights of patients. “The machines are broken and that affects service delivery at the hospital,” he said.

Neither Grey’s Hospital nor the provincial Department of Health responded to questions on the matter.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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