We are ready to strike indefinitely - Nehawu

A strike by thousands of employees in the National Health Laboratory Services looks set to get underway. Talks between management and unions have deadlocked.

Spokesperson of the National Education and Health Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) Khaya Xaba, says that the union is demanding a 7.3% wage increase.

Xaba adds that they also wish to address issues such as receiving a housing allowance of R2000, outsourcing, and a danger allowance.

We've deadlocked with the employer and we've been trying but failing to find common ground, which is why we've resorted to a strike.

Khaya Xaba, Nehawu spokesperson

Xaba confirms that although they have agreed on a 7.3 % salary increase it has found NHLS to be unreliable, as they are now fighting over matters agreed on in the previous year. Going forward the union will seek written and concrete agreements of their resolution, he adds.

They want in-sourcing to start as from 1 April 2018 while we want it to happen as soon as September 2017.

Khaya Xaba, Nehawu spokesperson

Those are some of the issues we differ on but we are open to negotiations says Xaba.

The ball is in their court, we are ready to strike indefinitely.

Khaya Xaba, Nehawu spokesperson

Xaba confirms that a two-day board meeting is currently being held which ends on Thursday. He says, hopefully, by the end of tomorrow a revised offer, beneficial to all workers will be tabled.

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