The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has called on healthcare workers to consider engaging it when they fail to resolve their disputes with government instead of embarking on a strike action that compromises the provision of healthcare.

The Commission is hosting a national dialogue on the impact of protest action on the right to access healthcare services.

The North West province was plunged into chaos a few months ago when healthcare workers went on a prolonged strike action over salaries and poor working conditions.

HRC Chairperson Bongani Majola has also appealed to government to develop early warning systems in order to resolve issues as soon as they are raised.

“Where the state fails to engage properly, we’d like to encourage trade union movements and workers together to consider engaging the Commission instead of venting their frustrations on innocent and ailing members of the public, who are compelled by their conditions to seek help in public hospitals and clinics. The Commission is committed to ensuring that the human rights of everyone are promoted and protected and this includes the rights of healthcare workers.”

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