Union stages sit-in in Bisho

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Johannesburg - Hospersa members staged a sit-in at the Eastern Cape health minister’s offices in Bisho on Wednesday.

Emergency services shop stewards and representatives of other unions refused to leave the offices of Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana after a third meeting with management to discuss grievances was cancelled, said the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa).

The union claimed nobody from management was present to address their grievances, which included non-payment of overtime, danger allowances, and performance-management benefits.

Hospersa spokesperson Michelle Connolly said the chief of staff in MEC's office first held a meeting with Gqobana and then spoke to union members, convincing them to leave.

“The chief of staff met the shopstewards and agreed to set up a meeting in which they would address their demands,” she said.

Efforts to get comment from the department were unsuccessful. - Sapa

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