GRAAFF-REINET NEWS - A few members of staff at Midland Hospital in Graaff-Reinet are on strike today (7 October), but CEO of the hospital Marie de Vos says the hospital will continue to function.
The strike forms part of a national strike by labour unions, calling on frontline workers to down their tools in protest against the state of the economy, corruption and gender-based violence in South Africa.
Unions involved include the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the National Council of Trade Unions, the South African Federation of Unions and the Federation of Unions of South Africa.
“Luckily we knew of the planned strike, so we’re covered,” De Vos told the Advertiser. She did not state how many workers are on strike but said that a few members of staff were participating, including cleaners and health workers.
By 09:00, no picketing was taking place at Midland Hospital.
According to a statement by Cosatu, Eastern Cape pickets will take place in Mthatha, Port Elizabeth and King William’s Town.
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