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Netcare workers on full-blown strike

2010-06-02 08:58

Johannesburg - Health workers from 11 Netcare [JSE:NTC] hospitals in five provinces embarked on a full-blown strike on Wednesday following a wage dispute, the Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) said.

"We did not want to strike and last week we started picketing, but we've since heard no word from management. This means that they are now taking us for granted," Hospersa's general secretary Noel Desfontaines said.

Workers from two hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal were protesting outside their hospitals by about 8:40 on Wednesday.

Workers from four other provinces were expected to join in the strike.

The union, representing nurses and administration workers, wanted a 12% salary increase while the company was prepared to pay 8.5%.

Affected hospitals were the N17 Hospital in Gauteng; St Augustine's, Parklands, Umhlanga and Alberlito hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal; Kyler and Greenacres hospitals in the Eastern Cape; Ferncrest Hospital in the North West; and Pelenomi and Kroonstad hospitals in the Free State.

Hospersa declared a dispute with Netcare management last week.

 - Sapa

Comments
  • John - 2010-06-02 09:46

    These overpaid nurses had better get their backsides back to work. I don't like anything negatively affecting my share price. I've put my mother in law on notice. No coffee unless my share price apprecaites in future

  • eb - 2010-06-02 09:49

    FYI

  • Rob - 2010-06-02 14:32

    Why don't they go to the provincial hospitals and see if they can get better wages and better facilities and equipment to work with. Anyway, I have refused to use Netcare since the diabolical treatment my wife received at the hands of their nurses.

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