Nehawu slams government after failure to pay increases

Mediclinic Morningside in Sandton is the latest affected with 12 staff testing positive. At the same time, two Netcare health facilities are currently not accepting new patients after their staff tested positive. Nehawu says the failure to protect workers is similar to murder.

JOHANNESBURG - Nehawu is up in arms about government's failure to pay public service workers their expected salary increases.

The health workers union is accusing government of reneging on a signed wage agreement, despite issuing a statement last month that it will honour it.

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Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba said, "our members are very infuriated that the government has not paid their increase which was supposed to kick in yesterday."

Xaba said the failure to pay the increases are particularly unfair while health workers are at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.