Undertakers demand land as funeral sector embarks on three-day strike

Johannesburg – The Unification Task Team is demanding land so smaller undertakers can built their own storage facilities.

It’s taking part in a three-day strike in the funeral and undertaking sector.

The task team says while its industrial action continues, government should collect corpses from hospitals and homes.

Funeral parlour directors are demanding that the outsourcing of mortuary facilities ne recognised and legalised.

Thousands of funeral industry employees have downed down tools on Mondays. They are refusing to collect corpses from both government and private hospitals as well as homes.

Protesters made a stand outside Chris Hani Bragwanath hospital.

“Our government is not listening to us, that’s why we have decided to shut down for the following three days,” said UTT member, Kgomotso Langa.

“Unfortunately, we are crying with our families and our clients but at this stage, we have to do what we have to do.

“We are advising the community and the public at large, to call the forensic [services] so they can go and pick up the bodies at home.”

She also stated collection of bodies from residences is actually a government responsibility.

Funeral parlour directors also want the amendment of municipal by-laws to enable cluster storage.

The department says funeral parlours must be in possession of a valid competence certification and inspections will continue.


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