Workers’ strike at Hillandale continues

Newahu members striking outside, Hillandale Hospital at Woodlands. Photo by Katleho Morapela

Nehawu members’ strike at Hillandale Hospital at Woodlands, Bloemfontein, has entered its second week. Workers are adamant about an increment of R1 000 and improved employment benefits.

The union representative, Dimpho Mogorosi, mentioned that they declined a R330 increase which was offered by their employee and alleged that the employer has since refused to engage in negotiations.

Meanwhile, Hillandale Hospital manager, Tertius Venter, told Courant that negotiations continues and that there are no major problems at the hospital.

“Currently the hospital is functioning smoothly. There are no problems as far as patients are involved – no patients are neglected. We are also fortunate that we have volunteers on standby as well to help where necessary. There has been no problems within the hospital as yet” said Venter.

Venter added that they have offered an increase which will cost the company approximately 13% and is more than double the inflation rate. – Katleho Morapela