Durban - Government workers from various departments housed at Durbans Truro House, owned by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, are refusing to return to the building they described as a health hazard with unbearable infrastructure conditions.

From Monday, some of the employees would be working from the Dokkies Training Academy building in Glenwood.

The Daily News last month reported on employees allegations that the Education Department had run out of funds because it did not pay its Telkom telephone bill at Truro House, and the lines were disconnected.

Employees on Sunday claimed the department did not have an infrastructure budget to pay for the maintenance of the building, including the fixing of air conditioners and lifts.

Frustrated with their working conditions, employees at the 12-storey Margaret Mncadi Avenue building downed tools last week and refused to return until all the infrastructure problems were rectified.

They alleged the Education Department was waiting for the new financial year to come into effect to pay its debts, but was uncertain where the money to fix the building would come from.
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