Hospital staff stage picket after notice to vacate on-site residence

2016-01-14 11:56
National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union deputy regional chairperson Mdunge Mganu spurs on Northdale Hospital staff during picket action in the parking lot.

National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union deputy regional chairperson Mdunge Mganu spurs on Northdale Hospital staff during picket action in the parking lot. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Medical staff at Northdale Hospital have threatened to bring the facility to a complete shut-down if their demands are not met.

About 70 nurses, doctors and other staff members picketed outside the entrance to the hospital yesterday, their chanting egged on by regional leaders of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).

Nehawu regional secretary Zimasile Giyama said the staff, who live in the hospital’s on-site residence, were given notices to abandon their rooms by tomorrow ahead of renovations that are said to start soon.

The staff are demanding the Department of Health and hospital management source alternative accommodation until the renovations are complete.

“About 80 staff are being thrown to the streets by the department and the hospital’s managers.

“The staff were also told that when renovation is complete, they must motivate why they should be allowed to live here,” said Giyama, pointing to the residence.

“Housing policies regulate that the employer must provide alternate accommodation in such cases. We will implement rolling mass action until our demands are met.”

Giyama said if the department does not come to a resolution before tomorrow, the staff will conduct go-slows, sit-ins and pickets.

“We are also not ruling out a total shut-down,” Giyama said.

Department spokesperson Agiza Hlongwane could not be reached for comment yesterday.


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