Provincial strike looming

2016-10-05 06:00
MEMBERS of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) threaten to go on a provincial strike if their demands are not met. Photo: Boipelo Mere

MEMBERS of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) threaten to go on a provincial strike if their demands are not met. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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A PROVINCIAL strike is looming in the province after members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) threatened to shut down certain health sectors.

A warning has been issued to the office of the premier in the Northern Cape to stop playing games with regards to serious matters and start acting.

The warning is issued by Nehawu in response to a statement issued by the premier’s office wherein it promised to be studying the memorandum of grievances that the union handed over on Monday (03/10).

The statement highlighted the premier’s commitment to engage all relevant stakeholders towards a workable solution.

It stated that the deployment of the head of department (HOD), Elizabeth Botes, whose resignation is demanded by the union, was aimed at stabilising the Department of Health.

“She was to ensure that those that are entitled to health services receive quality health services and that services are rendered in a responsible and cost effective manner,” reads the statement.

According to Nehawu, the memorandum in question is just an emphasis following one that was handed to the office of the MEC of Health, Lebogang Motlhaping, on Friday, 9 September.

By then, they had threatened to bring the Northern Cape Department of Health to a standstill if their demands were not addressed immediately.

They want the premier to disband the current leadership at the department, as it continues to fail them.

Moleme Moleme, branch secretary of Nehawu, confirmed that the union members have been on a go-slow as per promise, ever since the last march, in solidarity with the protest action.

“We are currently engaging in a workplace disobedience and will be picketing for the next seven days.

“If we do not get any response from Premier Sylvia Lucas by then, we will be rolling out a provincial march,” revealed Moleme.

He emphasised that the provincial strike will follow thereafter.

According to the branch secretary, they are engaging in meetings where plans are being rolled out with regard to shutting down one departmental office a week.

“The regional structures are in solidarity with this mass action, as ours is not a unique issue, everyone is affected,” Moleme emphasised.

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