National Health And Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members have suspended a strike at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)‚ pending the finalisation of a settlement agreement. However‚ the Public Servants Association (PSA)‚ which represents professionals in the service‚ said its members would remain on strike. The strike has crippled the service‚ which provides laboratory and related public health services to more than 80% of the population through a national network of laboratories. NHLS has been using private laboratory services for emergency tests required by hospitals. Nehawu spokesman Khaya Xaba said on Wednesday that the union consulted its members on Monday and Tuesday to get their views on the offer tabled by management. The offer includes a 7.3% salary increase; the employment by NHLS of workers involved in the gardening‚ cleaning and security services; and an increase in medical aid subsidies.

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