Nehawu to intensify strike

Nehawu says it will not back down from its demand of an 11 percent wage hike.

Nurses belonging to the National Education Health and Allied Worker's Union were striking on 17 April 2013 outside Milpark Hospital for better wages. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) says it will look for ways to intensifying the ongoing strike next week after employers failed to meet worker's demands.

Thousands of nurses have been protesting outside hospitals in the three week long strike after negotiations with management failed.

Members want an 11 percent wage increase but employers have offered seven percent.

Nehawu's Sizwe Pamla says, "We'll send out a message to all of our structures across the country so that they can give us the strike analysis report to assess whether the strike is holding. We will reconvene next week."

Meanwhile, the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) says it supports Nehawu.

It also urged Nehawu not to back down from its demands.