21 February 2017
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) fully supports the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU) marches that are due to take place on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.
NEHAWU shall hold five marches with the main one to Parliament, Cape Town where a memorandum will be handed over to the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan before he delivers the 2017 Budget Speech.
The march comes as a result of frustrations with the Treasury and the Department of Public Service and Administration for implementing austerity measures that have led to closure of vacancies thus creating work overload for workers.
NEHAWU is demanding that the vacancies in public service be filled in order to improve service delivery and the improvement of pay and conditions of service in order to boost the morale and performance of public service employees.
SADTU, as a union in the public service sector, is equally affected by these austerity measures.
The other marches will be held in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and Gauteng Provinces to Premier and Treasury offices. In Gauteng, NEHAWU will join DENOSA to march to the headquarters of the Department of Health and that of the South African Nursing Council (SANC) in Pretoria.
SADTU fully agrees with DENOSA's demands that the Department should speedily address the severe shortage of nurses and absorb community service nurses in facilities where there are high vacancy rates; ensure continuous professional development opportunities for nurses; give danger allowance to nurses working in casualty, CHC and MDR-TB sections; give rural allowance to nurses working in rural areas and provide safety of health workers and patients as a result of poor and outsourced security.
SADTU further supports DENOSA's call for SANAC, as a professional nursing authority, to be more accountable and accessible to members. We are astonished by SANAC's decision to close its offices on the day of the march Such behaviour smirks of arrogance and does not bode well towards building stronger ties with the people they are supposed to serve.
SADTU is in full support of the demands and the marches of these sister unions in the public service and shall give them our fullest support.
AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!
ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat
General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke: 082 783 2968
Deputy General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi: 082 709 5651
Media Officer, Nomusa Cembi: 082 719 5157