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Five trade unions hold a sit-in at Gauteng Health MEC's office over unpaid 2016/17 performance bonuses

13 March 2018

Five trade unions organising in health in Gauteng, namely DENOSA, NEHAWU, PSA, HOSPERSA and NUPSAW, are currently holding a sit-in at the Gauteng Department of Health offices demanding payment of performance bonuses for the 2016 and 2017 financial years which have not been paid up to date.

The sit-in, which commenced last night, followed yet another fruitless meeting with departmental representatives at 15h00.

After 21h00 the HOD, Professor Lukhele, left the venue to catch some sleep as he was to attend an important early morning meeting today. As unions, we see this as an insult to workers and a clear sign of disregard of workers' issues as the matter had been on the agenda since 2016.

Leaders of the unions are calling on all workers to join the sit-it, which is at the Department of Health offices at Sauer Street (Bank of Lisbon building).

The sit-in, demanding an urgent audience with MEC, is to show the employer that delaying tactics are no longer accepted by hungry workers.

As the unions, we will be sending a warning communication with the MEC, the Premier and Minister of Health so that they are aware of the looming crisis ahead of time. Failure to see a solution to this two-year-old matter unfortunately leave the unions with no option other than embarking on a complete shutdown of services in the department by withdrawing our labour.

We hope communities will understand that the action to shut down will be our last resort and the only language that government has come to understand, unfortunately.

Issued by trade unions organising in the Department of Health in Gauteng.

For more information, contact Simphiwe Gada, DENOSA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson.