Nehawu wage strike is interdicted by Labour Appeals Court
By Tshegofatso Makola
Following what was to be the start of the second week of protest action, the Labour Appeals Court of South Africa has interdicted the strike organised by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).
The fight for a 10% wage increase seems to be over, with Nehawu possibly having to settle for the measly 4.7% increase offer that was on the table. This is as the Labour Appeal Court interdicted the strike today.
The Union has been leading the strike for over a week, with threats to heighten protest action today.
Last week, work was halted at this hospital, with staff being barred from entering the premises by Nehawu-affiliated demonstrators.
With government authorities concerned of a repeat of alleged intimidation of workers as well as violence, the South African National Defense Force was deployed to maintain order. This whilst the strike matter was reviewed in the Labour Appeals Court.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister, Joe Phaahla is set to visit the hospital, to determine the extent that it has been affected by the strike.
The judgment handed down on by the court will see Nehawu having to retreat and put an end to the strike.
With the Union having made their stance clear over the weekend of their intention to continue with their strike until their demands are met, The Joburg Post unsuccessfully attempted to reach out to Nehawu to get insight on its way forward.
This is a developing story. More updates to follow.