Nurses’ union wants contracted staff employed permanently

The Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union on Wednesday took its grievances to the streets, marching to the Department of Health offices in Tshwane to hand over a memorandum of demands.

Top of the list was a demand for the department to offer permanent employment to contracted health care workers, whom it said had been working in the front lines during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The union, which said the health care facilities are battling with shortages of staff, also wants hospitals refurbished.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 cases continue to soar, peaking at 3 785 in the past 24 hours.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa, 1 685 of the new cases were identified in Gauteng, followed by 1 056 in KwaZulu-Natal, and Western Cape came third at 473.

 

Also read Western Cape, KZN and Gauteng lead new Covid-19 cases

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