EWN reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday announced that it would go on a massive protest in the health sector. The union was concerned about the lack of protective equipment in public hospitals as COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing. The union has delivered the outcomes of a fact-finding mission by its national bearers on the state of readiness by government to deal with the pandemic. Nehawu represents a number of workers in the sector, including cleaners, hospital chefs, doctors, nurses, and other support staff.
Nehawu’s general secretary Zola Saphetha said that the stay away would be on 21 August. Nehawu’s general secretary Zola Saphetha said they had uncovered a general shortage in PPE at the facilities they had visited. “In all institutions, there are no regular briefings to the labour representatives on infections, cases of isolation, recoveries, and fatalities,” Saphetha said. “Across the board, we have found no branch of the union that has expressed satisfaction with the management’s consultation process.”
by Sifiso Zulu