DENOSA is currently busy with consultations with nurses in the public sector in relation to the draft agreement at the Public Sector Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) whereby nurses in the public sector may no longer have to travel to Pretoria to pay for their annual licence fees as from October 2019.
The draft agreement is line with DENOSA demand to the South African Nursing Council in its march in February 2017 whereby it demanded that a mechanism should be made whereby nurses can allow SANC to deduct the annual fee payment from their salaries once a year instead of them traveling to Pretoria every year.
The issue has been under discussion at the Council, and if the draft enjoys majority support as it stands, it means:
- Nurses working in public sector will start paying for the 2020 annual fee through deduction in 2019
- Deduction will be made once a year in October (October 2019)
DENOSA believes this will save nurses a lot trouble, as they often have to spend money between traveling and accommodation than what they paying at SANC.
This, however, does not take away DENOSA’s strong view that SANC needs to decentralize its offices, because currently this provision will only work for public sector nurses and that nurses in the private sector will still experience the similar challenges. The need to pay for annual fees is not the only reason SANC exists, therefore its presence in provinces all the time will fulfil the other needs of nurses.