The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) is organising the Siyahlala Day of Action for Friday, 28 August. The Siyahlala Day of Action is expected to provide health workers some time to rest and recharge their batteries. Also, the day will be used to highlight anger from workers and the salary increase of public servants.
“The aim of the action is to send a clear message to the employer that workers are tired of being anxious and constantly fearing for their lives while saving the lives of others.” read a statement released on Thursday.
The Union is calling on its members and workers to stay away from work because they say, their employers are neglecting their duty of providing and maintaining workplaces that are safe and without risk to the health of workers.
“The same government that is telling workers that there is no money for salary increases is busy losing billions of rands to corruption including losing money meant to procure PPEs meant for front line workers.”
Nehawu said it refuses to turn a blind eye while its members and workers are getting infected on a daily basis because of employers who refuse to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety [OHS] Act and to provide adequate quality Personal Protective Equipment [PPEs] to workers.