KZN Health staff take a stand

2018-10-17 06:04
Hospersa members outside the Premier’s office on Friday.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

Hospersa members outside the Premier’s office on Friday.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

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“WE ARE here to cry to the KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu to please listen to our demands.”

This was the plea of the Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) members when they marched to the Premier’s Office last Friday.

The members included data captures from the Department of Health and Community Care Givers (CCG’s) that came from different areas in KwaZulu-Natal.

The march started at Dale’s Park and ended in Langalibalele Street, at the Premiers’s Office, where they submitted their memorandum of demands.

THE DEMANDS INCLUDED

• Translation of data captures from level four to level five.

• Community care givers to receive a minimum salary of R3 500 a month.

• Employment of staff

Provincial Secretary of Hospersa, Popson Kunene, said they decided to march to the Premier’s Office because they are tired of KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, who Kunene says always ignores their issues. He said their main issue is the staff shortage within the facilities in KwaZulu-Natal as they find it hard to manage without enough working staff.

“We have a lot of people who were trained by the Department of Health but now they [the department] do not recognise them and hire them.

“Our workers are being underpaid by the department. We want them to be paid based on the job that they are performing.

“Our community care givers are earning R1 950 a month, whereas the department signed a resolution that CCG’s minimum wage must be R3 500 per month.

“Data captures are earning level four salary instead of level five salary. We were promised that all the changes were going to take place on July 1 this year but it never happened.

“We want the back pay for all these months as well. We have been trying to engage with Dhlomo since 2014 but some of the issues have not been addressed and others feedback to us is taking forever.

“We are now pleading with the Premier to please listen to our issues. We are giving him 14 days to respond to our demands.

“ If he does not respond within those 14 days we are going to engage with Fedusa and make sure that everything is at stand still at all service stations for the Department of Health until our demands have been met,” he said.

Kunene said they also want Dr Dhlomo to be fired as the Health Minister in KZN.

He said Dhlomo was put in that position so that he can listen to his employees issues but it seems like he is failing.

Samuel Khuzwayo, the Chief of Staff at the Office of the Premier, accepted the memorandum on behalf of the Premier and promised that he will make sure that the premier receives it.

“The Premier is currently on leave but we will make sure that he gets these demands and the period of time that he is given to respond.

“Once he has received it he will make contact with Hospersa leadership and they will make arrangements on how are they going to meet to discuss the issues,” he said.

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