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nehawu80GroundUp reports that the People’s Health Movement SA (Phmsa) has withdrawn its membership from the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) health sub-committee.  

This was after Nehawu did not condemn violent protests at hospitals in North West Province in early May and at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg last week.  Phmsa apparently emailed Nehawu on 24 April and 11 May expressing concern about protests at hospitals with no response.  Phmsa said it “supports the right of health workers to take strong, even disruptive industrial action to improve wages and working conditions” and it noted that the law made health workers “vulnerable to exploitation by limiting their right to strike”.  But, Phmsa added:  “We do not … condone violence, nor action that endangers the lives of vulnerable people.”  The organisation said it did not see “any report of Nehawu distancing itself from these, or from the reported earlier actions, nor of disciplinary steps being taken”.  Phmsa decided to distance itself “from any acts by Nehawu that causes harm to the health of vulnerable people and to people’s health more broadly”.

  • Read this report by Eryn Scannell in full at GroundUp


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