Unemployed nurses march to Natalia

2019-11-20 06:01
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaNurses marching to Natalia on Monday.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaNurses marching to Natalia on Monday.

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UNEMPLOYED nurses from all over KwaZulu-Natal have vowed that they will not stop marching until they are employed by the Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal.

The nurses under South African Revolutionary Allied Workers Union (Sarawu) marched to Natalia on Monday where they submitted their memorandum.

THE MEMORANDUM INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING DEMANDS:

•Stop asking for experience when we are applying for jobs.

•Fill all vacant posts.

•Stop isolating nurses who studied from private colleges.

•Stop telling nurses to apply in other provinces while there is a huge shortage in KZN.

Nonhlanhla Mazibuko who is the chairperson of Sarawu, said they are tired of being unemployed while there is a shortage of nurses in hospitals around KwaZulu-Natal.

She said they have tried to engage with Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu since June through a meeting but they were always told that she is busy, which is why they decided to march.

“We are qualified nurses but we are staying at home with no jobs.

We are tired, this needs to end now. The Department of Health in this province knows that there is a shortage in hospitals but they do not want to fill those vacant posts. You will find that four nurses in a hospital are taking care of about 38 patients at once. They cannot cope doing that.

“We want the department to open posts and employ us here in KZN. We do not want to go and work to other countries or provinces. We want to work in KZN hospitals because we know that there is a shortage. They ask us about experience — where are we supposed to get experience from while we are sitting at home with no job?,” she said. She said the department must also stop excluding nurses who studied from private colleges when they are hiring.

“We are all paying for our qualifications every year. We demand employment, we are tired of sitting at home now.”

Mazibuko said they are giving the department two weeks to respond to their demands or they will come back.

The memorandum was accepted by director of nurses at the Department of Health, Nompumelelo Sosibo.

Sosibo promised that they will have a look at the memorandum and respond within two weeks.

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