Health workers threaten to strike

March 3, 2011

Health workers affiliated to Cosatu in the North West have threatened to go on strike next week if the health department fails to meet their demands.

“We gave them until next week Tuesday, then we will take our members from all 25 hospitals and clinics in the province… on a total mass action against the department of health,” Congress of SA Trade Unions North West spokesman Solly Phetoe said on Wednesday.

Cosatu North West members protested in Mafikeng on Wednesday against the department’s use of a labour broker to supply medication to clinics and hospitals, he told Sapa.

“The protest action was a success.”

“The company was awarded a tender to provide medication to all hospitals and clinics for R180 million and it has failed the province,” Phetoe claimed, referring to Amalgamated Medical Store.

He further alleged that the company had dismissed over 68

workers over the past six weeks, after workers demanded better conditions of service and exposed corruption in the health department and the company.

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