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nehawu80EWN reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday announced that it would be conducting massive protest action in the health sector.  

With Covid-19 cases rapidly increasing, the union is concerned about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) in public hospitals.  Nehawu's general secretary, Zola Saphetha, said that the stay away would be on 21 August “in the form of a complete withdrawal of our labour. Unfortunately, that will happen at the peak of this virus. However, part of our plan will be to also mobilise in communities and we will be interfacing with society members on our plight and experiences."  Delivering the outcomes of a fact-finding mission by the union’s national bearers on the state of readiness by government to deal with the pandemic, Saphetha said they had uncovered a general shortage in PPE at the facilities they had visited.  He added:  “In all institutions, there are no regular briefings to the labour representatives on infections, cases of isolation, recoveries, and fatalities.  Across the board, we have found no branch of the union that has expressed satisfaction with the management’s consultation process.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sifiso Zulu at EWN

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