Msunduzi to audit sick leave

2012-07-27 00:00

MSUNDUZI Mayor Chris Ndlela has called for a comprehensive audit on staff sick leave to curb abuse by employees.

This was after municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi pointed out that there has been a number of people in the Health Services Department who were on sick leave.

Nkosi said that they had to close down two municipal clinics twice because they did not have registered nurses.

Speaking at yesterday’s executive committee (Exco) meeting, Ndlela said the corporate service portfolio committee must do a comprehensive audit on staff sick leave throughout the municipality, including health services.

However, it emerged that the high levels of sick leave in the health section could be because of uncertainity over the pending transfer of personnel from the municipality to the provincial Department of Health.

Nkosi said that staff were perhaps taking sick leave because of the uncertainity. The transfer was to have taken place on July 1. Nkosi said this did not happen because the South African Municipal Worker’s Union (Samwu) had not availed itself to sign the agreement to transfer.

Rocky Madondo, Samwu Msunduzi deputy chairperson, said they did not get involved in the transfer process because they are opposed to it, which is the union’s national position. He said the Samwu provincial leadership was dealing with the issue of transfer of staff.

The municipal manager recommended to Exco that the council could use section 197 (2) of the Labour Relations Act if the union did not sign the agreement. He said this would ensure that employees would not lose their benefits. Nkosi said the municipality agreed with Samwu that employees couldn’t be transferred if they were not going to enjoy the same benefits they enjoyed while employed by the Council. Exco accepted the recommendation.

The transfer is expected to be completed in the next few days, with the municipal health staff officially becoming employees of the provincial Health Department on Wednesday, August 1.

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