Gauteng Aids caregivers on strike

2012-07-25 11:49

Johannesburg - More than 5 000 community health workers have been on strike in Gauteng since March, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Gauteng Community Health Workers (GCHW) members are mostly HIV/Aids counsellors and home-based care givers, reported the Sowetan newspaper.

GCHW deputy chairperson Lucky Mokone said the workers were on strike because the government had failed to address their grievances.

The workers are demanding that they be absorbed into the health department, in order to enjoy the same benefits as government workers.

But Gauteng health spokesperson Simon Zwane said the workers' dispute was with the non-governmental organisations that employed them, and not with the department.

The GCHW was expected to stage a protest outside the health department's offices in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

  • nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-25 12:03

    eish! - we also want gravy!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-25 12:14

    The goverment don't even have money to employ propper doctors or buy medicines but these lot want the same benefits as government workers.

  • ann.murray.9279 - 2012-07-25 12:22

    What! According to this report this has been going on since March this year and we are only hearing about it now???!!! Get rid of the whole lot and give jobs to those who actually would appreciate them!!

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-25 13:11

    Care givers - On strike? Shows how much they care. Fire the whole damned lot and give the jobs to people who will appreciate work and actually provide the service for which they are paid with compassion and sensitivity.

  • Jayne - 2012-07-25 14:00

    Is it just me or did it take a while for anyone to notice? I am so tired of people who are supposed to care, not caring and only doing it for the money!

  • justin.massyn - 2012-07-25 20:09

    And they wonder why we would rather employ eager hard working appreciative individuals from up north. Twats.

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