Employees from the National Health Laboratory Service will not be showing up for duty today. Members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union are striking. eNCA reporter Nqobile Madlala is following the strike in Johannesburg. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - Workers at the National Health Laboratories Services are set to continue protesting for a second day on Wednesday.
It comes after the NHLS said the Labour Court has ruled any planned industrial action would be unlawful.
The union had planned a full-blown nationwide strike on 3 September.
Nehawu members on Tuesday blocked the main gate at the National Health Laboratory Service headquarters in Johannesburg as they stayed away from work.
Workers here say they have no other choice.
"You see what is happening with the economy so we can’t survive with the money we have," said one of the workers.
eNCA's attempts to get a response from the NHLS were unsuccessful.
The institution sent out a statement on 24 August, saying the Labour Court has ruled that Nehawu's planned strike action at the NHLS is unlawful, not in compliance with and in breach of the relevant provisions of the Labor Relations Act.
The union is adamant the court ruling will only be conclusive once the Essential Services Committee decides if employees are essential workers. That will happen on Wednesday.
The trade union has made it clear that nothing will stand between it and its protest on Wednesday.