Striking South African Health Workers Dismissed


The BBC reports that more than 600 striking public health workers in South Africa have received notice that they have been dismissed from their positions. The health worker unions are pressing for a 12% increase in pay and have refused the government’s revised offer of a 7.25% increase. Geraldine Fraser Moleketi, Minister of Welfare and Population Development, said that under the South African constitution, workers in essential services did not have the right to strike and 638 dismissal letters had been sent out on June 11. The strike has closed many of South Africa's schools and hospitals and more unions are scheduled to join the industrial action unless a deal is reached.

Adapted from BBC News.

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