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gavel thumb100 Sowetan reports that nurses, doctors and other workers at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp have been interdicted from disrupting operations at the facility, which had been shut down for the past three days.  

Health workers at the hospital downed tools, leaving the facility deserted, amid calls for the provincial health department to resolve issues, including the reopening of the canteen.  On Wednesday, the hospital’s CEO Patrick Sefohlo confirmed that they had been granted an interdict by the South Gauteng High Court.  He said they would follow internal processes to deal with workers who had engaged in a the unprotected strike.  “The interdict prohibits striking employees to continue interrupting the normal operations of the hospital and to enter the facility unless they are coming to work.  We would also like to apologise to our community for the inconvenience caused by this unfortunate and unwarranted service disruption,” Sefohlo stated.  The interdict lists unions such as Denosa, Ynitu, Nehawu and Hospersa as respondents.  Workers have been complaining about the shortage of staff and resources, claiming that kitchen workers were forced to cook meals with one pot.  Hospersa’s Kevin Halama said the department’s move to approach the courts showed that it was unwilling to listen to workers.  He pointed out that the department was applying the ‘no work, no pay’ policy in respect of the period since the strike started and that employees would be willing to return to work only if that policy was reversed.

  • Read the full original of Zoë Mahopo’s report on the strike on page 8 of Sowetan of 7 March 2019


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