Monday, 25 February 2019
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) is disappointed that, once again, government has failed to consult organized labour at the collective bargaining on its plan to reduce provincial and national compensation budgets by R27 billion over the next three years by allowing older public servants to retire early.
DENOSA views as regrettable these persisting tendencies by government of pronouncing on plans about the treatment of workers without following the right channels.
We would like to call on the minister to start being honest about this, because as labour we have genuine areas of concerns that we would have appreciated an opportunity to be clarified upon about this plan. We would like the minister to table this discussion at the PSCBC.
Key to our concerns is running around in circles when it comes to the issue of addressing human resource capacity in government, where plans to release a certain group of employees is not followed up by any coherent and adequate refilling of positions for years until the few staff complements in critical service areas like health become the norm.
Our ongoing concern as DENOSA is closely linked to the current situation that is faced by hundreds of nurses who have finished community service and who cannot be absorbed by governments in provinces and are forced to sit at home at the time when they are greatly needed in hospitals and clinics. In most cases, government has abdicated from its responsibility of placing them in the workplace upon completion of the community service.
This, then, begs the question: how can it be trusted that it will replace those who will retire early when it can’t even honour its part of the agreement in placing the nurses who have completed community service today.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
For more information, contact:
Cassim Lekhoathi, DENOSA Acting General Secretary
Mobile: 082 328 9671
Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President
Mobile: 082 328 9635
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