The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has received the confession by the Gauteng Provincial Government that 8 government owned buildings are non-compliant with occupation, safety and health standards with shock.
This confession vindicates workers who have been complaining about the extent of the dilapidation of the Bank of Lisbon building, which houses the Gauteng Department of Health, Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and COGTA and other government-owned buildings.
Workers in the Bank of Lisbon were made to use the stairs when lifts were malfunctioning and were forced to report for duty when there was no water supply in the building. These acts can only be attributed to the arrogance and intransigence of the employer. NEHAWU will henceforth ensure that no worker is exposed to danger by blocking access to inhabitable government-owned buildings.
We were not surprised when the building caught fire yesterday and was reignited again this morning because the warning signs were simply ignored by different MEC’s and HOD’s who have been operating in the Bank of Lisbon building. The BOL building has been found to be 21% compliant when buildings are expected to be above 85% compliant.
NEHAWU sends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the three fire-fighters who lost their lives while trying to put out the fire yesterday. We wish the other fire-fighters who suffered injuries and smoke inhalation a speedy recovery.
Issued by NEHAWU Gauteng
For comment contact the Provincial Secretary,
comrade Tshepo Mokheranyana at 0824552934
and/or the Deputy Provincial Secretary,
comrade Gracia Rikhotso on 0815587205. Visit NEHAWU website at www.nehawu.org.za