strike thumb medium85 85Daily News writes that several families have spoken of their grief at waiting for up to 48 hours to fetch their loved ones from a Durban mortuary where employees went on strike on Monday.  

The group of forensic pathologists and assistants at the Magwaza Maphalala (Gale) Street mortuary put the blame at the doors of the Department of Health for failing to pay the salaries and deploying cadres to management positions.  The disgruntled group downed tools on Monday morning, delaying post-mortems, and only returned to work in the afternoon after the department intervened.  The mortuary was already behind after workers went on a go-slow at the weekend.  Provincial Health Department spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi indicated:  “The department is dealing internally with issues of employees at Gale Street.  Management met with them and workers have continued to perform their duties.”

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