The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union ( Nehawu) has called on the Gauteng Health Department to approach National Treasury for a bailout.
On Friday, the union marched to the department’s offices in the Johannesburg CBD as well as the Office of Premier, David Makhura to voice their concerns.
The union demanded amongst other things performance bonuses. The department says it cannot afford to pay employees performance bonuses because it is in a financial crisis.
“If it means that they need to approach the National Treasury and ask for a bailout in order to correct the salaries of the dissectors that is something that they need to do,” said Nehawu’s provincial deputy general secretary, Gracia Rikhotso.
Nehawu says they will forge ahead with protest action should the Gauteng Department of Health not give in to their demands.
This week, thousands of workers staged a march in the Johannesburg city centre to voice their frustrations. Among their demands are the absorption of former Life Esidimeni and Selby Clinic employees, insourcing of all outsourced services and the guaranteed intake of student nurses.