Health workers reject wage offer

2010-10-12 10:34

Johannesburg - The Health And Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) will not be signing the government's wage offer, the union said on Tuesday.

"Our members made sacrifices to go on strike and to fight for the right to a decent living, and this is the mandate they have given us," Hospersa general secretary Noel Desfontaines said in a statement.

"The anger of workers has long been brewing as government continues with its talk-left, walk-right approach to economic policy, that has failed to prioritise the country's socioeconomic needs."

The mandate for union members dealt with the issue of whether to sign the government's wage offer, spokesperson Michelle Connolly said.

The option of further strike action may form the basis for a separate mandate, she said.

The union said it stood by its demand for an 8.6% increase and R1 000 housing allowance.

Last week the SA Democratic Teachers' Union also rejected government's wage offer.

However, the union said it would not embark on industrial strike action and had formally ended the current strikes.

The state has offered a 7.5% wage increase and R800 housing allowance.

In the meanwhile Public Service Minister Richard Baloyi said he hoped to never see a repeat of this year's public service strike and that unions would sign an end to the strike.

"We are hopeful that the majority, if not all of the unions will sign their offer," Baloyi told representatives at an African Peer Review Mechanism workshop in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"I am sure they are getting their pens ready."

He said it was critical to manage future negotiations so that such a strike was avoided.

"It affects all of us."

  • doped - 2010-10-12 11:20

    What about our right to decent health care? Health workers are not delivering and not worth an increase until they do. Hijacking the Govt is not a right. The incentive is to work for your increases not demand. It will be Govts own fault for tieing a noose around their necks for as long as they are in existance. As the saying goes "teach them to fish"

  • Maphate - 2010-10-12 11:43

    Let government implement either the unions sign or not.This is delaying us we need to see a slight difference in our salaries.Let us get slight differences in our salaries because that is what we are used to getting as government employees.

  • ockert - 2010-10-12 12:54

    Good honest WORK, is what needs to be done, not the filthy level of health service that you guys are providing--- the health workers should receive DECREASES not increases, and if they still don't do the job fire the useless lot.

  • ockert - 2010-10-12 12:58

    Teachers match the salaries witrh the results that kids acheive at school - 100% failures means NO PAY, and you should be tried and locked up for sabotage.

  • rich - 2010-10-12 13:56

    @Ockert and @doped. The level of health care provided by the majority of health workers in SA and especially the western cape is world class. The problems do not lay with the doctors and nurse, but rather with poor management who cannot do there jobs (but get paid 3-10 times more). This inadequacy in leadership leads to the current situation of no medicines and 90% of life saving machinery laying around broken. So please don't blame the health workers, but look at their bosses and their bosses friends in government.

  • Sean - 2010-10-12 14:26

    @rich, are these the same ones who rather strike and let patients die? Or the same ones exposing their private parts? There is a line which one needs to draw. I have nothing against them asking for a better salary, but ask in a civilized manner!

  • @rich - 2010-10-12 14:53

    Let me make it clear that I should not have generalised and was not targeting the doctors in specific. It is some nurses and lower that are ineffecient. Take for example at Groote Schuur it is impossible to use a public toilet because the workers have locked the doors and smoking inside. The filth, dirty beds and trolleys is a breading ground for germs. After an anaesthetic I was shoved into the corner of a huge recovery room with no oxygen available and had to try and stabilise my own breathing with the assistance of a family member next to me while the nurses were chatting and laughing in the opposite corner. The doctors, in this case, a proffessor, and theatre staff were excellent. Now you know my concerns from experience

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