Monday, June 11, 2007

75 healthworkers to be dismissed

By Chanel September
11 June 2007

More than 70 healthcare workers in the Western Cape will be released from their duties on Monday for participating in the nation-wide strike action.

This comes after the 75 healthcare workers failed to pay attention to government’s ultimatum that essential service workers may not strike. Workers were informed that they would lose their jobs if they do not report for work on Monday.

The decision to take action against the striking workers was taken after a meeting in Pretoria on Saturday between the Minister of Health Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Frasier Moleketi and other officials from the health ministry.

Dismissal notices has already been sent to the various workers informing them about the action taken against them.

“The department is forced to take the necessary disciplinary action. However the workers will have an opportunity to appeal against the letters they received”, says provincial health spokesperson Fazia Steyn.

The 75 workers are mainly from Groote Schuur, Tygerberg and Khayelithsha.

Meanwhile, Cosatu has condemned the government's issuing of notices terminating the services of workers.

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