STATEMENT BY COSATU PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS ...

Friday, 26 June 2016

As COSATU public service unions at PSCBC, we have called this urgent media briefing to update you about the latest developments regarding the implementation of resolution 2 of 2015/2018 wage agreement. 

Previously, as organised labour at PSCBC, we informed the public of our immediate withdrawal from the public sector wage agreement that was agreed upon in May this year and subsequent withdrawal of our participation from all chambers, following government’s unilateral implementation of the 6.4% wage adjustment for public sector employees for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 contrary to the agreed 7% adjustment. 

This was in contravention of the agreement we had at PSCBC between labour and employer to wait for the legal opinion on the interpretation of the clause that government claimed it was enforcing from the previous wage agreement.  

However, late last night as labour unions at PSCBC we met with the employer, and in this meeting, the employer demonstrated willingness to forego their claim of clawing back the alleged overpayment of 0.6% emanating from the previous agreement. It has always been our position that the employer has no legitimate claim as the previous agreement had lapsed and we resolved as follows. 

7% is reinstated as agreed in Res. 2 of 2015

Employer will repay employees 0.6% that was deducted from their increase

All council and sector activities will resume 

The legal opinion sought by end of this month should be abandoned 

We will participate in all activities

As COSATU unions, we view this as a positive outcome in the nature of bargaining, which is characterised by a culture of give and take, and therefore we can live with it as a product of collective bargaining. 

Public service employees will henceforth be back-dated with the 0.6% that was not factored into as of April this year. 

As COSATU public service unions, we hereby announce our full participation back to PSCBC and chamber activities. 

 

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For more information, contact:

Nkosinathi Mabhida (POPCRU Deputy President) at 082 820 6078

 

Michael Shingange (NEHAWU Deputy President) at 082 455 2485

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DENOSA urges health facilities to ensure sufficient water availability  ...

Media statement 
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 
Nurses’ work is compromised at KwaMhlanga Hospital as there has been no water for three weeks 
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) urges all health facilities in the country’s semi-rural areas to ensure that there is sufficient water and energy supply in their facilities for health professionals to be able to do their work properly and for patients to recover optimally.
The cut-off of water at KwaMhlanga Hospital in Mpumalanga is severely compromising the work of nurses and doctors in the facility, and we call upon all management of hospitals to avoid the occurrence or repeat of this in their facilities. Water has been cut off from the hospital for three weeks now, making the work of infection control at the facility a nightmare for health professionals. Nurses are forced by circumstances to treat patients interchangeably without washing their hands in-between, which compromises the quality of care given to patient. 
We issue this statement because water and health go hand-in-hand and one is not complete without the other. We are disturbed that as a result of water cut-off, kitchen personnel were only able to start preparing food for patients at 10h00 a few days ago instead of 06h00. This is another critical area that should not be compromised at all costs in a health facility. Nutrition plays a critical role in the recovery of patients. Patients must eat before taking medication, and this must happen very early in the morning. Equally, bathing patients in the morning is critical for their recovery.   
Disturbingly, there is a borehole at the facility, but it is not producing water. DENOSA urges all health facilities to ensure that their boreholes are operational so that they could assist in times of water cut-offs. 
DENOSA will engage in multilateral talks with key stakeholders in the affected area, including Chris Hani District Municipality as well as South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO), to ensure that a lasting solution is found around this problem. 
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Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
For more information, contact:
Nhlanhla Dladla, DENOSA Provincial Organiser (for Mpumalanga perspective)
Mobile: 082 821 1471 
Or 
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager (for a national perspective)
Mobile: 079 875 2663 
Facebook: DENOSA National Page
Twitter: @DENOSAORG 
 

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DENOSA Eastern Cape appalled by chain of closures of health facilities by community members who demand other...

Media statement

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Eastern Cape is appalled by recent spate of closures of health facilities in the province by community members who demand other forms of service delivery and appeals to community leaders to provide leadership in these misdirected actions.

Yesterday morning, community members around Madwaleni Hospital in Elliotdale in the Eastern Cape barricaded the road and locked the gate to the hospital and threw away the keys in demand of electricity. Critical patients and emergency vehicles could not enter or leave the hospital, and mothers in labour had to be assisted by locked staff members outside the facility. Night duty staff could not leave the facility and morning shift workers like nurses and other support staff could not report for duty at 07h00 and outpatient department remained empty until arrived at noon to open the gate.

DENOSA is concerned by this misdirected and counter-productive action by community members, as Madwaleni Hospital is the only hospital in that village town. Last week, similar incidences occurred at Sipethu Hospital in Ntabankulu which forced the hospital to shut down for two days as community members embarked on a service delivery protest; Similarly, community members at Flagstaff closed Holy Cross Hospital while demanding service delivery. 

While the demands of community members are genuine, resorting to closure of essential service facilities or closing access to them is the action that DENOSA finds misdirected and ill-advised as the service they demand have no connection with health facilities at all.

In fact, DENOSA finds this action in gross violation of the country’s human right and constitution, the right to life. The very same community members who are party to closing the facilities and their relatives will need those when they get sick.

DENOSA appeals to both traditional and community leaders to provide leadership as this action by community members makes those who are sick the sacrifice for their demands, which is very cruel and unacceptable. The concern is that this action is spreading steadily throughout the province, and will become modus operandi by community members in other towns and villages where people will be deprived of critical healthcare service they need, and some will lose their lives. 

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Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Eastern Cape

For more information, contact:

Khaya Sodidi, Acting Provincial Secretary for DENOSA in Eastern Cape

Mobile: 082 775 7734

Or

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Email: sibongisenid@denosa.org.za

Website: www.denosa.org.za

Facebook: DENOSA National Page

Twitter: @DENOSAORG

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10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT...

10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT:

From Ntandane Nyebe, a nurse in Cape Town. 

As the backbone of any healthcare system in the world, it is my honest opinion that nurses deserve proper compensation for the hard work they put in in improving the health of South Africans. After all, nurses are the proverbial Alpha and Omega. The following 10 points are the reasons.    

1. We are short staffed- one person does a work that should have been done by 4 people.

2. We have gone through formal education, we have got degrees etc, we are accountable to a nurses' board, we got to be paid decent salaries like Pharmacists and doctors- YES.

3. The health institutions do not have enough of the unskilled workers e.g. porters and cleaners- Nurses are then forced to work as unkilled workers-on top of their scope of practice, when the need arises.

4. There are many instances where doctors go & do shopping at the malls when they are on call, or simply some institutions have shortage of doctors- when an emergency situation arises- a nurse does a work that was supposed to be done by the doctor to save the client. Same case when there no social workers- nurses must run around doing what was supposed to be done by a social worker.

5. We do a risky job - I've heard of many nurses & docs who died from contagious diseases- especially trauma staff.

6. The governing party admitted in 2011 that there is a dire shortage of nurses in SA, which means nursing is a scarce skill in SA and the last time I checked professionals with scarce skills were getting paid higher salaries in SA.

7. We work under bad conditions- institutions with no proper security, lack of proper equipment etc. But we always try and do our best to improvise for the benefit of the clients.

8. Nurses who go & work overseas they don't go there just for fun or to experience different culture- they leave because they feel they are being overlooked by Government in terms of salary- meanwhile SA loses specialised nurses with experience - Government who cares about its people would try and keep nurses by raising salaries.

9. We deserve better. Our Government can afford to increase our salaries by 100%. There is money in SA- we have seen structural developments in SA & they have been built by companies who have been paid millions and billions.

10. ANC Government promised to increase salary of Nurses when they were in Mangaung in 2012/13. 

I Thank You
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