CHWs Shutdown National Health Department

By Dorothy Mabelebele

On the 5th of March 2019, Community Health Care Workers (CHWs) under the Gauteng Community Health Forum marched to the National Health Department in Pretoria against the fixed term contract that Carers recently received.

CHWs said that they will never sign the fixed contract because during the arbitration ruling that took place on the 27th of September 2018, led by Advocate James Motshekga, it was said that CHWs are permanent employees of the Department of Health.

CHWs went to the Minister of Health’s Office in Pretoria to shutdown his office so that he responds to them on the fixed contract because on 16 November 2018, at Nasrec, he announced that Carers will be absorbed permanently. Unfortunately, no one attended to their call and demands and security staff were called to stop Carers from entering the building.

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