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Entabeni Hospital staffers go on wage strike, reject counteroffer [video]

The hospital staffers say they aren’t returning to work until their demands have been met.

entabeni hospital

Photo: Life Healthcare

The Entabeni Hospital in Durban has been operating on a skeleton staff complement for weeks since workers downed tools in demand for wage increases.

Entabeni Hospital wage strike: Negotiations are deadlocked

As reported by SABC News, workers represented by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) have called on Entabeni Hospital’s management to re-evaluate its wage structure.

Nehawu regional secretary Prince Mthalane revealed that the protesting workers are not satisfied with the hospital’s engagements on their demand for a 7% wage increase across-the-board.

Mthalane indicated that the hospital’s initial counteroffer was rejected and that’s why negotiations had to be facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

He added that the impasse in negotiations with the CCMA forced the trade union to obtain a strike certificate and take their disgruntlements to the streets.

However, the Nehawu leader indicated that Entabeni Hospital’s latest increased counteroffer of 6% has piqued the interest of the protesters, as it falls a percentage point below the initial demand.

“There has been a revised offer because our position then was 7% so the employer has since revised to 6%. The only challenge that we have now is that there is an issue of back pay. You’ll know that increments are effective on the first of January so they want to make them effective from the first of February,” the trade union leader said.

The outcome of the negotiations concerning back payments had not concluded at the time of publishing this article and it is understood that the hospital is operating on limited services.