Hospital porters in labour dispute

2018-02-01 06:01

PORTERS at Port Shepstone Hospital are embroiled in a labour dispute with their employer after not being paid for the past two months.

The staff downed tools on January 16, however, returned to work shortly thereafter at the instruction of hospital management.

At the time the hospital reportedly told staff they were outsourced employees, thus any grievances they had should be taken up with their employer company.

Speaking on behalf of the staff SACP Lower South Coast treasurer Fakaza Ngcobo said the hospital should become more involved as the company was appointed by them.

He said the staff had grown weary of unfair treatment and would again stage another protest if these were not resolved.

Among the issues cited were their 14-hour shifts, no bonuses and some employees have worked for more than five years without being granted leave, as well as the lack of an open line of communication between staff and hospital management.

“As the SACP Lower South Coast we demand these issues be discussed with hospital management. We are also against outsourcing and we previously spoke to health MEC Sizwe Dhlomo.

“He promised us that these contracts to outsourced companies would end by June 2017 and people would be employed permanently. We are surprised that even now services are still being outsourced at the hospital,” said Ngcobo.

Spokesperson for the KZN Department of Health Agiza Hlongwane said the taking on outsourced employees permanently by the department was an internal process, which he could not confirm when it would be finalised.

“With regards to their non-payment and other issues the department has referred the query to the relevant company in order to get to the bottom of it,” said Hlongwane.

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