Strike Update: Health Workers in the Western Cape
Today's strike did not impact on the delivery of health services to patients in the Western Cape.
Out of a total staff complement of twenty eight thousand and sixty seven (28 067) employees seventy two (72) reported on strike this morning and two hundred and eleven (211) (0.7%) this afternoon. The majority of those are non-health professionals, e.g. porters, cleaners and catering staff.
There were reports of picketing at Tygerberg Hospital, Somerset Hospital and George Hospital.
Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, said, "I am so grateful for our employees who throughout this strike have shown their spirit of commitment and care to patients. I realise that the unions put them under tremendous pressure. I want to thank the many companies, even private hospitals, and volunteers who have phoned in to our offices to offer their services and assistance. At this point in time we are functioning normally, despite minor sporadic incidents."
Western Cape Minister for Health