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Lethiwe Makhanya
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2 Mar 2022
11:27

Paramedics at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg embark on a go-slow

Lethiwe Makhanya

Paramedics belonging to the National Public Service Workers Union at Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Umgungundlovu District say they want what is due to them.

Paramedics belonging to the National Public Service Workers Union at Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Umgungundlovu District say they want what is due to them.

They say they have not been paid overtime since the end of 2019.

On Tuesday, the union’s Sfiso Dlamini confirmed that their members have embarked on a go-slow at Grey’s Hospital EMS Base.

He said the department of health told them that the head of department tried to sort out the issue, but it was declined by department of public services and administration nationally. However, Dlamini disputed this, saying the department of public service and administration released a circular saying the overtime must be paid.

“We have tried to question this issue several times but no one was willing to give us a straight answer,” said Dlamini.

He said they scheduled a meeting with the department and others involved in this issue for March 18-19.

Dlamini added that the union wants answers as to why workers have not been paid their overtime and also when they are going to get it.

“If the employer does not come with a solution during these two days, the employees have taken a decision that they will stop everything on March 20 and 21. No ambulances will operate.”

Dlamini said things will go back to normal from Wednesday, pending the meeting on March 18-19.

KwaZulu-Natal department of health spokesperson Ntokozo Maphisa said: “As a matter of principle, the department does not publicly discuss internal matters between itself and it’s staff, as there are appropriate platforms for that. However, that said, the [department] is not aware of any planned or actual industrial action by staff. We urge staff who wish to raise grievances to utilise the above-mentioned internal channels.”