The Department of Health says it welcomes the Labour Court judgement that interdicts the strike action by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members and employees.
The department believes this judgement will bring stability in health facilities across the country.
The court judgement comes after Nehawu has been on industrial action since 6 March 2023 due to the collapsed wage negotiations.
According to the union, the strike was also driven by the “continuous implementation of austerity measures and the aggressive attack on collective bargaining by the government”. The workers are demanding a 10% salary increase, while government has offered 4.7%.
The department instituted a court interdict last week against Nehawu to stop their members from obstructing the rendering of health services to patients, which the union appealed.
Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla said he continues to observe the situation and the impact of the strike on healthcare services throughout the country.