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kznlogo thumb100 EWN reports that talks were set to resume on Wednesday morning between the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and the Public and Allied Workers Union of SA (Pawusa) over the impasse at Durban’s Gale Street mortuary.  

Over the past few months, workers have been protesting over issues involving overtime and demands for improved working conditions, thus forcing the department to bring in staff from other sites.  Some families have had to postpone the funerals of their loved ones while the department and unions work to find a solution.  According to union representatives, talks with the provincial health department were starting to yield results.  However, it was not clear whether workers would return to work on Wednesday or be allowed to clock in.  The department's head of department, Sandile Tshabalala, refused to say if the lockout was still in place.  However, Tshabalala said the department wanted the matter resolved.  “We cannot afford to have the people of our province ill-treated simply because of internal squabbles.  We cannot afford to be the ones causing secondary hazards to the services,” he stated, adding that Wednesday’s meeting would chart the way forward.

  • Read the original of the report in the above regard by Nkosikhona Duma at EWN

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