Health lab work­ers set to strike

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE

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. –

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