Union to fight for re­trenched Care­line work­ers

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THE NA­TIONAL Ed­u­ca­tion, Health and Al­lied Work­ers Union (Ne­hawu) in­tends to re­quest the of­fice of the MEC for Health to im­me­di­ately re­view the oper­a­tion li­cence of Care­line psy­chi­atric clinic.

This fol­lows a meet­ing with the man­age­ment of the fa­cil­ity that was held last week, where the union stated that the rights of work­ers were be­ing “bla­tantly and ar­ro­gantly un­der­mined” at their work­place.

Ne­hawu provincial sec­re­tary, Sa­bata Jonas, said that work­ers had been re­trenched, un­der the “dis­guise of profit mak­ing”, be­cause they wanted to join the union.

“The em­ployer clearly stated that they don’t want those em­ploy­ees on their premises and even locked them out of the premises. They in­di­cated that they don’t have to even serve un­til the end of the date of ter­mi­na­tion of em­ploy­ment,” said Jonas.

He said that the em­ployer was con­tra­ven­ing ba­sic con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment – claim­ing that union mem­bers were not be­ing paid over­time or night shift al­lowances and had to work on public hol­i­days – and was not com­ply­ing with the law of con­tract.

“We shall con­tinue to de­fend the rights of work­ers and will em­bark on strike ac­tion that will re­sult in a to­tal shut­down of the in­sti­tu­tion.”

Jonas also urged lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to in­spect whether the fa­cil­ity was com­ply­ing with the con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment and labour reg­u­la­tions.

Care­line Clinic had pre­vi­ously in­di­cated that the re­trench­ments were only im­ple­mented fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sions with the union and all af­fected par­ties and that all labour reg­u­la­tions were com­plied with.

It stated that the re­trench­ment of 15 work­ers was un­avoid­able and had to be done to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of the in­sti­tu­tion.

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