The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in the Eastern Cape held a provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting recently at the King David Hotel in East London. The meeting resolved and pronounced on the following discussion points:
The PEC discussed and resolved on a number of issues and campaigns, such as the revival and launching COSATU locals and to encourage members to be active in such structures. As part of the COSATU listening campaign, DENOSA regions continue to visit members in their workplace to hear their challenges and assist them with their needs.
Other issues that were discussed and resolved on include:
EC Health Crisis Coalition – March
- DENOSA has joined the NGO’s to strongly tackle the health care challenges in the Province. We have resolved to join their march that will take a memorandum to the DOH on the 13th September 2013 in Bisho, with the hope that conditions which nurses work under will improve in the province.
No Wearing of White Uniform Campaign
- DENOSA in the province notes with concern that nurses are being forced by the Department of Health (DOH) to buy and wear white uniform instead of supplying them. The uniform is a bargaining issue that is decided at the PSCBC at national level.
- The PEC took a decision that this should be added on the campaigns that nurses should not wear white uniform until supplied by the DOH.
- We have already declared a dispute on this and the reconciliation will be on the 23rd September 2013 in Port Elizabeth
Recruitment and Retention of Members
- All regions were urged to intensify the recruitment especially in private hospitals.
Gender Committee Issues
- The PEC has applauded the capacity building done on gender based violence to gender committee structures in the Province
- There is also a plan in place for the 16 days of activism that DENOSA is embarking on.