Nehawu vows to intensify its strike campaign

The ongoing nurses’ strike entered its third week with both parties locked in talks.

urses 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 democratic nurses' organisation of South Africa (Denosa) said on Monday service delivery has been severely compromised by the ongoing nurses' strike in Netcare hospitals around the country.

Workers who are demanding an 11% wage hike have been protesting for the past three weeks and Nehawu has threatened to intensify the strike.

The union met with employers last week but reached no agreement, with management offering only 7% increase.

Denosa's Simphiwe Gada said, "The last time I was at Milpark hospital last week I was personally not happy with the service received there. If you go to Garden City hospital, there is functioning but it's minimal."

More patients are bearing the brunt as they have to wait in long queues to receive medical treatment.

Nehawu vowed to continue with its efforts should the management refuse to listen to their demands.