Nurses strike in South Africa

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:707

Thousands of South African nurses at state funded hospitals have been on strike for increased salaries. The strike began at the Baragwanath teaching hospital on the outskirts of Soweto and Johannesburg. The dispute follows several sudden strikes by nursing staff at Soweto clinics—also over salaries.

The strike involves about 2000 black nurses at Baragwanath and several thousand nurses at other hospitals, and it has been condemned by South Africa's president, Nelson Mandela. He urged nurses to leave the profession if they were not prepared to return to work and noted that five million …

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