nupsawPretoria News reports that hundreds of community health workers will for three days next week camp at Church Square in Pretoria, even as unions representing them disagree over what’s best for them.  

The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) said its members would be outside the offices of National Treasury.  The organisation has also distanced itself from the ongoing strike by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) to highlight the plight for community health workers and push the government into absorbing them, with benefits.  According to Nupsaw’s national organiser Solly Malema, Nehawu did not have numbers in the sector and was using the strike as an attempt to recruit community health workers.  He claimed:  “We have been the only union that has constantly taken up the fight for them to be recognised as public servants.  The removal of our union from the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council was not an accident; today they are collaborating to roll back gains made in respect of community health workers … We are the majority union in the sector and are on the ground mobilising our members to strike in order to end this austerity measures imposed on them.”  But, Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba rubbished Malema’s claims and called the rival union a “fly by night” trying to have a seat at the desk by claiming credit for work done by Nehawu on behalf of community health workers.

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