Support service staff belonging to the National Education and Health Workers Allied Union (Nehwau), who works at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, stopped picketing after a month-long strike. This follows a meeting with the hospital management.
Mediclinic Bloemfontein spokesperson, Barbara Steenkamp, confirmed that an agreement was reached with the union, and that the strike was ended with immediate effect.
“Employees who took part in the strike will return to work on Monday, 14 August 2017, and the basis of the agreement is still the same as for all other Mediclinic employees,” Steenkamp said. Meanwhile, the union’s treasurer in the Central-West region, Thabiso Lala, confirmed the agreement, however, he also stated that it was a forced agreement rather than a voluntary one.
“The employer sent us SMS’s stating that if staff members haven’t taken their voluntary service packages by 1 September 2017, the packages will be handed over to the new employers, which is in accordance with Section 117 of the Labour Act,” Lala says.
He says the members will continue to challenge the health giant through this Act, but this time around it will be done through the Labour Court and not the CCMA as they did the last time around, which didn’t yield any results.
“We intend to interdict this process that the employer has embarked on because we believe that not enough consultation has taken place between us and the employer for this process to be taking place,” Lala said.
He also says the union will have another meeting with the hospital management on Tuesday, 15 August. – Pulane Choane