The National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) is expected to report to its members and leadership on Saturday on developments following a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday.

Union leaders raised issues over insufficient personal protective equipment for front-line healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as disputes over salary increases, among others.

The meeting agreed to have future engagements between government and unions, with a task team to address the issues affecting the health sector.

Acting spokesperson for the President, Tyrone Seale, says the meeting agreed that government and Nehawu will continue to work with the memorandum raised by the union.

Statement following the meeting:

“The meeting agreed that government and Nehawu will continue to work on the issues raised in the Nehawu memorandum that are currently being discussed by task teams comprising government and Nehawu. Reports of these task teams will be presented soon to a meeting of senior leadership of government and public sector unions who will meet again to develop solutions in the interest of workers, the public sector and the nation and economy at large,” said Seale.

Nehawu briefing on programme of action to protect workers from COVID-19: