Unions planning mass march against attacks on EMS workers

Trade unions Hospersa and Fedusa will march to Parliament under the banner: 'Workers Lives Matter'.

FILE: An EMS paramedic responds to a call. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Paramedics trade unions are planning a march to Parliament next week over escalating levels of violence against Emergency Medical Service workers.

Last year, there were more than 100 attacks on paramedics in the Western Cape and there have been more than 60 this year.

In the most recent incident, an eight-year-old patient died after armed robbers attacked the ambulance he was being transported in along the N2.

Trade unions Hospersa and Fedusa will march to Parliament under the banner: "Workers Lives Matter".

Demonstrators will hand over a memorandum of demands asking the government to urgently address concerns around unsafe working conditions.

Hospersa says neglecting the demands would further compromise the delivery of emergency health care and other critical services to communities.

The trade union last month warned emergency medical workers could withdraw their services in dangerous areas.