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protestGroundUp reports that scores of people working in hospitals and clinics across Gauteng gathered outside the offices of the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) for a night vigil on Wednesday.

The late-night event was preceded by a May Day march through Johannesburg’s city centre by members of the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw). Among the worker’s demands, which they also intended to submit Health MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko the next day, was for permanent jobs for 2,000 workers contracted by the health department and the Expanded Public Works Programme. “This action is motivated by the department’s arrogance and failure to act on agreed engagements with the union. We are of the view that the employer is turning a blind eye to the challenges the workers are facing under this department. Workers will protest outside the GDoH offices until the employers honour our demands,” Nupsaw indicated in a statement. Workers outside the department’s office complained that their short-term contracts had been extended over and over again, some for as long as 10 years. Without permanent contracts, they pointed out, they missed out on housing allowances, overtime and medical benefits. Workers have vowed to remain outside the department’s offices until their demands are met.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kimberly Mutandiro at GroundUp

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