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THE Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa says management at a Netcare hospital in KwaZulu-Natal is intimidating staff who are picketing.
Horspesa general secretary Noel Desfontaines said yesterday his union's members had reported seeing management taking pictures of staff.
The union is demanding a 12percent salary hike, while the employer says it can afford 8,25percent. It represents 6000 members at 13 hospitals.
"Even a matron told the nurses that it is immoral for a nurse to go on strike, and that their employment might be terminated," Desfontaines said.
"These actions have angered our members and they are prepared to engage in a full-blown strike next week."
Netcare said the other three unions - the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa and Solidarity - which represent 33percent, have agreed to a 8,25percent hike.
Meanwhile, members of the South African Commercial and Catering Workers Union (Saccawu) at Dischem pharmacies embarked on a nationwide yesterday.
"At present the company refuses to bargain with Saccawu over wages and other issues of terms and conditions of employment," the union said.
"Saccawu once again had to go to the CCMA on the issue of bargaining rights for our members."
Dischem head of human resources Johan Ochse said the union did not have sufficient members to bargain.
"We gave staff a 10percent hike this year and paid 13th cheques last year. We believe that's a good increase."
They union wants a 15percent hike.