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Chal health workers get pay hike

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MASERU — Christian Health Association of Lesotho (Chal) health workers had their salaries increased from the average monthly salary of M5 000 to over M7 000.

Doctors, nurses, nurse assistants, laboratory and pharmacy technicians working in Chal hospitals and clinics last month threatened to down tools to put pressure on their employers and government to improve their salaries.

The employees demanded that their salary increases equal those of their counterparts in government hospitals.

In April government improved salaries which saw civil servants getting a massive pay increase.

However, Chal employees were not part of the new arrangement until the end of November when they receive improved salaries and arrears that date back to April.

“We have finally received our increased salaries. We are so happy.

“We are grateful that government kept their word that they would address our issues with haste,” said an employee in one of the Chal hospitals.

“Salaries have increased from around M5 000 to over M7 000 in grade F for both diploma and degree holding nurses and midwives,” she said.

However, it was not clear how much the other employees were getting.

The remuneration comes after Chal employees threatened to strike if their salaries were not improved.

There were reports of go-slows in other hospitals and clinics.

The Ministry of Health had to plead with the employees to continue to work while their issues were being dealt with.

The Chal secretariat also wrote a letter to assure workers that they would get the improved salaries and the arrears would be paid up.

 

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