Health lab workers set to strike
GAUTENG hospitals and clinics could face another setback as the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) looks set to be hit by a national strike.
The NHLS and unions representing workers are reported to have deadlocked over salary negotiations.
The organisation allegedly tabled an offer to unions of 3%, less than the national inflation rate of 6%.
DA shadow MEC for Health, Jack Bloom, said the NHLS could only offer 3% total cost-tocompany as opposed to the 7.3% demanded by unions.
He said the reason behind the lack of funds was debt repayment by the various provinces.
“Gauteng alone owes the NHLS millions. Other provinces also owe the organisation and that is why they can’t afford to offer workers the standard salary increase,” he said.
The shadow MEC said the unions had obtained a certificate of non-resolution from the CCMA and as such were entitled to strike. –