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15 March 2018


Hospersa has distanced itself from the reported health workers strike scheduled to take place this coming Friday, 16 March 2018.   The Union has urged its members not to participate in the illegal strike and has called for further engagement with the employer regarding the dispute.

According to reports, health workers in Gauteng will be embarking on an illegal strike this coming Friday over the nonpayment of bonuses for the 2016 and 2017 financial years.  It is reported that the major shutdown of health services in the province is being planned after a stalemate between the Gauteng Department of Health and the five major Trade Unions in the public health sector.  However, Hospersa has stated that it is not in support of the planned industrial action and will continue engaging with the employer for an amicable solution to end the impasse.

“We urge our members to not participate in the planned illegal strike on Friday,” said Hospersa General Secretary, Noel Desfontaines.  “The nonpayment of bonuses linked to the Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) for health workers remains a burning issue in the province.  It is our view that engaging in an illegal strike will not resolve the matter but active engagement with the employer will yield better results for all parties involved,” said Desfontaines.

According to Part B (Performance Bonuses) of the 2017 Incentive Policy Framework for Non-Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) employees on salary levels 1 to 12 and employees covered by OSDs, the Minister Public Service and Administration determined that the annual expenditure on performance bonuses may not exceed 1.5% of a department’s annual remuneration budget.  Hospersa has questioned the implementation of this policy clause and is looking to take the Gauteng DoH to task.

“We will continue playing an active role in addressing this issue with the employer by questioning where the 1.5% budgeted amount is being spent.  A total shutdown of the health services in Gauteng will all but cripple what is already a depleted provincial health care service,” concluded Desfontaines.



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