WATCH | Dozens of disgruntled community health workers picket at Natalia Building in Pietermaritzburg

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More than 200 community health workers blocked the entrance to the Natalia Building in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, demanding permanent employment from government.

They came from different parts of KZN, including eThekwini, to join the protest. 

The workers accused the KZN Department of Health (DOH) of not delivering on its alleged promises of permanent jobs.

One of the workers who spoke to The Witness said she had been on a temporary employment contract with DOH for more than 15 years.

She said they were tired of being given one-year contracts which DOH renewed every year.

“We want full employment benefits as well. We are working in clinics and we are frontline workers, yet we don’t get the full benefit like all healthcare workers. Many of our colleagues have passed away due to the coronavirus and still, our concerns are being ignored by the government. We are tired of being treated like dogs because we are uneducated,” said a worker.

The health workers kept the security guards busy as they wanted to force their way into the Natalia Building. They also threatened to boycott voting in the upcoming municipal elections if their demands were not met.

*This is a developing story.

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