Gauteng govt, unions in talks to end Charlotte Maxeke hospital strike

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Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has criticised the behaviour of striking workers at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital.

The workers affiliated to trade union Nehawu have been holding lunch time pickets for about three weeks, over non-payment of over-time and performance bonuses.

Last week they allegedly littered the hospital floor with rubbish and medical waste.

Ramokgopa made an unannounced visit to the hospital on Wednesday.

She says government and labour unions are in talks to resolve the demands by assistant workers.

She says: “My understanding is that management met with unions and they have agreed to a process that we have put in place that will look at whatever issues that they have raised including the picketing which were legal.”

“What was not legal was trashing, especially using medical waste. That was actually tantamout to criminality of its worse form because you don’t only put patients, staff and public at risk but also at risk of infection.”