National strike of South African community health workers; Nigerian doctors in Ondo state on indefinite strike; Zimbabwe’s teachers continue strike; UK engineers at Rolls Royce factory continue strike Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa 12 November 2020 The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Africa South African community health workers strike over pay and conditions Community Health Workers (CHWs) in South Africa went on indefinite national strike Wednesday demanding to be employed by the National Health Department. Most of the country’s 55,000 CHWs do not have the salary, benefits, support or protection given to formally employed healthcare workers. Most provinces contract their work out via NGOs. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union members work at grassroots level and in the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. They play a vital role in health promotion and disease prevention, especially in rural areas and townships. South Africa recorded 740,254 coronavirus cases, with 19,951 fatalities. South African food workers sacked in strike for better conditions Over 80 workers who protested over unsafe conditions at a snack manufacturer in Queenstown, South Africa have been suspended or sacked. The South African Security and Allied Workers Union members took part in an unprotected strike and then sought to widen support through social media. The employer, Trudar Foods, applied to Port Elizabeth Labour Court to prohibit further online protests against the firm.

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