KZN health department granted interdict against striking medics

2015-04-02 17:49


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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health secured a Labour Court order on Thursday declaring the wildcat strike by paramedics illegal and unprotected.

The stay-away over back-pay has crippled the state ambulance service, with many bases closed down due to lack of staff.

“The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has been granted an urgent interim interdict in the Labour Court today [Thursday], ordering all Emergency Medical Services personnel who have stayed away from work to return to work with immediate effect,” the department said in a statement. 

“The strike, which the respondents have embarked on since March 31 2015, is declared unlawful and unprotected. The respondents are interdicted from participating in, promoting, or inciting such unlawful strike action. The respondents should comply with the conditions of employment with immediate effect.”

Bases across the city were unstaffed on Wednesday night as the protest action over Occupation Specific Dispensation entered its third day.

This follows repeated attacks on paramedics who refused to join the illegal stay-away.

An ambulance was stoned as it was leaving the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi on Tuesday and two ambulances were hijacked and torched in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

On Wednesday night a car belonging to a paramedic who refused to stay away from work was torched in Newlands West.

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