Strike by Clinic Counsellors

It is almost three months since clinic counsellors in the Ekurhuleni district embarked on strike action. The action was precipitated by the failure of the Department of Health to address working conditions of clinic counsellors.

The counsellors have been raising issues that affect them in their working environments since 2005 without success. The striking workers are demanding better working conditions and full employment by the Department.
The demands of clinic counsellors also   affect other vulnerable workers like home based carers who work under similar conditions. During this period, both sections of workers have come together, exchanged experiences and explored strategies to confront the Department for improvement of their working conditions. These common platforms were mostly made possible by the intervention of Khanya College.

They provide a firm basis for building solidarity and joint  work between these sections of health workers. While the task team of counsellors will be meeting with officials from the Department on 24 April 2012 at Germiston, workers will demonstrate outside the venue showing support to the task team and their demands. It remains to be seen whether the meeting will yield any fruitful results that will be acceptable to the striking workers.

Issued on 21 April 2012