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MEC INTERVENTION IN RESTORING HEALTH SERVICES IN THE FRANCES BAARD DISTRICT

MEC Fufe Makatong
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As part of managing the workplace conflict, the Northern Cape MEC for Health, Ms Fufe Makatong yesterday set aside time to meet with SALIPSWU as per their request earlier this week following the health service delivery interruptions that led to the temporary closure of primary health care facilities, particularly in the Sol-Plaatje municipality.

The union representatives appreciated the platform created by the MEC and further highlighted their plight in relation to variations in salary deductions of community health workers. The union also cited this as part of their main reason for interrupting health services, in an attempt to demand attention of the provincial department.

In restoring calm and stability in the delivery of health care services, SALIPSWU committed to demobilise its members from embarking on any potential strike, to allow MEC an opportunity to deal with this matter expeditiously so.

With regards to issues raised, MEC committed towards commissioning an investigation on the salary deductions of community health workers.

Despite the fact that SALIPSWU is not a recognised union at bargaining council and in the health sector, MEC Makatong always maintained a principle of creating an open door policy to engage with any stakeholder.

She further reiterated her open door policy in ensuring continuous engagements with organised labour in the health sector to manage any workplace conflict in future.

For enquiries Contact: ​Mr Lebogang Majaha
​​​​Media Liaison Officer
​​​​Office of the MEC for Health
​​​​Northern Cape Province
​​​​071 8836 404