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protestTimeslive reports that health trade unions in Gauteng will take to the streets on Friday after the provincial department failed to pay performance bonuses to the workers in the province.  

The march‚ to be held in the Johannesburg city centre‚ will go to the provincial premier’s office and the offices of the Gauteng department of health.  The unions‚ which include the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa)‚ the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu)‚ the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw)‚ this week staged a sit-in at the office of health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa‚ demanding payment for their members.  The Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) issued a statement on Thursday urging its members “not to participate in the illegal strike” and called for further engagement with the employer regarding the dispute.  Following long discussions with Ramokgopa on Wednesday around the outstanding performance bonuses for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years, the unions said in a statement “it became clear that we can't find each other on both items…  Put simply‚ the employer is adamant that they are not going to pay PMDS for last year and this year.”  The unions have threatened that if their demands are not met‚ they will ultimately go on a strike, which could have a catastrophic implication for public health in the province.

  • Read this report by Penwell Dlamini in full at Timeslive


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