Nurses' union take their case to court

Xoliswa Zulu, Mercury, April 4, 2007 The Health and Other Services Personnel Union of South Africa (Hospersa) will apply for an urgent interdict to stop the tribunals investigating the dismissals of 728 nurses in KwaZulu-Natal from continuing with their work. The nurses were fired from KwaZulu-Natal hospitals almost two months ago for embarking on an illegal strike over allowances for rural work and scarce skills. The tribunals had been set up by the health department to investigate the dismissals, as well as allegations that many nurses had been intimidated into participating in the strike. Hospersa spokesperson Noel Desfontaines said the hearings had found that some nurses who had been dismissed had been on maternity, sick or annual leave at the time of the strike and should not have been fired. ... Nurses