Netcare strike continues

Netcare employees have vowed to stay away from work until their demands are met.

Nehawu members protested outside outside the Linksfield hospital in Johannesburg on 17 April 2013 over wage issues with hospital group Netcare. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Netcare hospital employees say they will continue with their strike on Thursday until they receive an indication of renewed negotiations.

Around 1,000 medical staffers have abandoned their posts after a breakdown in wage negotiations between Netcare management and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu).

They are demanding an 11 percent increase while Netcare is only offering 7.2 percent prompting staff to picket outside various health facilities since Monday.

One Netcare employee said he was finding it difficult to make ends meet.

"Food and petrol prices are going up. The employer is offering a 7.2 percent and I feel it's not going to make a difference."

The strike which has entered its fourth day now and has seen protesters arrive at various hospitals throughout the country in the hope of getting answers from Netcare.

They have vowed to stay away from their posts until their demands are met.