As bodies are continuing to pile up at government-owned mortuaries around KwaZulu-Natal, the provincial Health Department workers have vowed to continue with their go-slow.

Workers embarked on a go-slow over non-paid wages and dangerous working conditions in mortuaries in the province.

The go-slow has seen several facilities battling a backlog of bodies on a daily basis.

Public and Allied Workers’ Union of South Africa (Pawusa) provincial secretary, Halalisani Gumede says if and when the Health Department in the province is willing to engage them and resolve the impasse, their doors will always be open.

Pawusa says the impasse dated back to 2006 when the department took over the mortuaries from the police service.

Gumede says despite talks between the union and the department, there haven’t been any solutions to the problem.

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