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handcuffsGroundUp reports that 17 employees of the Fort Napier mortuary in Pietermaritzburg were arrested on Monday afternoon.  They have been on a go-slow since November demanding better working conditions, wage increases and backpay.  

Last week, the Department of Health issued an ultimatum to workers to return to work or face arrest.  Department of Health spokesperson Ncumisa Mafunda confirmed the arrests of the forensic pathology staff, which she said was in enforcement of an order of contempt of court secured by the department against the staff members.  She stated:  “The arrest comes after numerous failed attempts to persuade the workers to abandon the go-slow which they embarked upon in November.”  Phakama Ndunakazi of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said that on Friday he had spent almost three hours with the workers discussing what was expected of them regarding the court interdict.  “Some of those expectations were for the workers to be at work.  They were at work but they could not perform their duties.  All their working infrastructure had been taken away,” he indicated.  The arrested workers were due to appear in the Durban Labour Court on Tuesday.

  • Read Nompendulo Ngubane original report in this regard in full at GroundUp
  • Read too, Police arrest 16 mortuary staff on go-slow, on page 6 of The Star of 11 December 2018

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