Sama to report back

2009-07-01 08:26

Johannesburg - The SA Medical Association will start reporting back to its members on Wednesday after the government tabled a revised wage offer to medical workers, including doctors who have been on an illegal strike in the past weeks.

"What is happening, is that we are reporting back to members. We are trying to reach members and talk to them," said Norman Mabasa, spokesperson for the SA Medical Association (Sama) which is an affiliate of the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

"We are going to report back to them between today [Wednesday] and Friday. By next week, we should be done."

The government signed a revised pay offer for public sector doctors on Tuesday in the hope of ending weeks of picketing and strikes that saw at least 200 doctors fired.

The Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council said the health ministry had tabled a new revised offer "as requested by trade union parties".

"The council is pleased to announced that the employer has presented a final and signed document. Labour will be taking the document to its constituency for ratification," the council said.

The offer applies to doctors, dentists, pharmacists, pharmacist assistants and emergency medical staff, many of whom have been staying away from work and holding pickets over their delayed pay increases and poor working conditions.