Nurses at Tsěpong on a go-slow
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By Rets’elisitsoe Khabo
Nurses and Nurse Assistants at Queen Mamohato Memorial hospital (QMMH) ‐ Tsěpong went on a go-slow yesterday due to the government’s failure to respond to their salaries grievances.
Lesotho Nurses Association (LNA) president Raphael Tlali told KDnews nurses and nurse assistants at Tsěpong have been underpaid for a long time.
Tlali said the nurses will continue with their duties as soon as their concerns have been addressed, adding that if they do not get a response they will continue with their go slow until their grievances have been heard.
Tsěpong Public Relations Officer Mothepane Thahane said it is unacceptable that nurses and nurse assistants downed their tools at a time when health care centres need every tool and health personnel they can get to fight Covid-19.
Thahane further said it is surprising that the management was not informed about the protest. She however says the nurses grievances date as far back as 2013 and that the Nurses Association presented concerns on why their members salaries were not structured since then.
“LNA has been informed that their matter is now before the arbitration court and all they can do is wait for the ruling,” She said.
Speaking on behalf of he Ministry of Health, Tumisang Mokoai told KDnews that QMMH as the employer needs to resolve its employees’ concerns.
Mokoai continued that QMMH is a private entity and the Ministry of Health is only an overseer and can only intervene if people’s health is at risk.