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handshake thumb medium90 90The New Age reports that the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) brokered a truce last night following an acrimonious two-week strike that put the health of millions at risk.  

Nehawu’s spokesperson Khaya Xaba said the NHLS and the union agreed on a 7.3% wage hike and the phasing out of outsourcing.  He stated that a ceasefire was brokered in the interest of averting a further crisis and added that they had initially wanted a wage increase of 14%, but revised it down to 7.3%.  According to Xaba, an important aspect of the deal was that they agreed to phase out the outsourcing of workers.  The union has taken a decision to suspend the national strike with immediate effect pending the finalisation of the settlement agreement.  Meantime, Acting CEO of the NHLS, Shabir Madhi, said the cash-strapped organisation was owed an estimated R8bn by the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal health departments and sunk deeper into debt as a result of outsourcing laboratory services during the duration of the strike.

  • Read this report by Bonolo Selebano and Lerato Diale in full at The New Age
  • Read Nehawu’s press statement in this regard at Cosatu Today

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