Denosa threaten to bring St Mary’s hospital to a halt if nurses do not get salary raise

2013-11-04 00:00

PINETOWN’S St Mary’s Hospital has two weeks to respond to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa’s (Denosa) salary increment demands.

Denosa KZN provincial secretary Cassim Lekhoathi said if they were not satisfied with the management’s offer, they would bring the facility to a halt. “If we don’t get joy then we will picket again,” he said.

Lekhoathi said in the interim, they had made an application to the labour court to force the hospital to pay employees.

Last week, nurses under the banner of Denosa, and general workers staged a picket outside the hospital to highlight some of their problems. These included non-payment of this year’s salary increase as agreed. “At the time nurses’ salaries are not meeting day-to-day costs of living,” said Lekhoathi. The 200-bed state-aided hospital has not increased the salaries since April this year.

Lekhoathi added that Denosa feared the closure of the hospital due to financial constraints and that the government needed to come to the facility’s rescue. “They must do the honourable thing and hand it over to the Health Department. If they don’t have money then it must be given to someone who can manage and run it efficiently,” he said.

St Mary’s Hospital spokesperson Julie Vinvier said the management would meet with the Health Department to review the hospital’s funding allocation for the next three years. “We are meeting this week. For now the picket has been suspended for two weeks and everyone is back at work as usual,” she said.

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