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WATCH: HPCSA workers up in arms over new cloud computing system

21 November, 06:23 PM

Inga Mbambisa, News24

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) intensified its picket outside the offices of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The union accuses the HPCSA of unilaterally implementing a business process engineering (BPR) project that will, essentially, digitise the organisation. 

Workers are nervous that the new IT infrastructure could lead to job losses and view the lack of consultation as a sign that management has something to hide.

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Nkululeko Ntloko, Nehawu branch secretary and shop steward at the HPCSA, spoke to News24 as the workers were picketing outside their locked Madiba Street building.

"The Constitution allows that if there is any process that must be undertaken in any organisation, whether [it] be government, parastatal or private, the management of that entity is supposed to be transparent in all aspects in as far as the labour relations principles [go]," said Ntloko.

Ntloko said the workers felt that management at the HPCSA was running away from addressing workers' concerns.

"This (implementation) is being done in a very [secretive] manner in the organisation, which brings suspicion to us. It has some hidden agendas, hence we are coming to the table in this manner of people picketing on the streets."

The HPCSA is a statutory body that regulates registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour of all health professionals in South Africa.

News24 reached out to the council for comment on Wednesday morning. At the time of publishing, no comment had been received. 

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