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The Gauteng Department of Health is securing a temporary injunction against the strikers

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On Tuesday, staff disrupted operations at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, so patients were turned away.

FILE: Entrance to Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. Photo: Louise McAuliffe/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH) has secured an injunction against striking health workers following a demonstration on Tuesday.

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Staff disrupted operations at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto on Tuesday and patients were turned away.

Operations at Sebokeng Hospital in Waala were also affected.

Workers belonging to the Nehawu Union, the Civil Servants Association and others are on strike over a wage dispute.

The government proposed 3% for pension funds and 4.5% for non-pension funds.

But the unions rejected this – demanding a 10% increase.

Workers are prohibited from obstructing access in the hospital.

“The temporary injunction is effective immediately and prevents striking public employees from assaulting, threatening, intimidating or inciting violence against any employee or employees of our healthcare facilities. It also prohibits protesters from destroying or damaging any property or obstructing freedom of movement and/or access to health facilities of any GDOH offices,” Gauteng spokesperson Motolatale Modiba said.

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Workers will return to their posts on Wednesday, but will continue to protest and demonstrate during lunch breaks.

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