Nehawu strike could affect test results for HIV, cancer patients

The National Health Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) is demanding a 13% increase for its members.

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JOHANNESBURG – Patients may have to wait a little longer for test results conducted at the National Health Laboratory Service if workers there decide to go on strike over salaries.

The National Health Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) is demanding a 13% increase for its members.

Nehawu says it hasn’t decided if it will strike just yet, as workers are still waiting for a counter offer his week.

The union’s Khaya Xaba says that if they go ahead with the mass action the testing of HIV, cancer and malaria samples would be affected.

“It is not our responsibility to ensure that they don’t feel the impact of the strike. So if it is their responsibility we wouldn’t want them or the people to suffer.”