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NEHAWU National Day of Action against National Treasury and DPSA and invite to Press Conference

16 February 2017

The National Education Health & Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) is currently mobilising its members for a National Day of Action against National Treasury and the Department of Public Service and Administration.

The national union has set aside Wednesday, the 22nd of February 2017 as a day to roll-out its national action in a form of marches in five (5) provinces namely; Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape.

The main march will be hosted by the Western Cape Province in Cape Town to coincide with the budget speech to be delivered by the Minister of Finance in Parliament.

This national day of action comes as a result of gross frustrations and growing dissatisfaction with both departments drawn from their stubbornness and aggressiveness in implementing policies that are anti-workers. In the public sector as a whole, we have begun already to experience directly the impact of this gloomy macroeconomic context and the Treasury's austerity measures.

This year, the Treasury has permanently closed all existing public service vacancies and effectively imposed wage cuts in the public service with a level of wage increase that is below inflation.

Amongst the issues that will be raised during the day of our national action include, but not limited, the following:

  • Neoliberal macroeconomic policies that undermine industrialisation and job-creation
  • Retrenchments, outsourcing and casualisation.
  • Immediate engagement on comprehensive social security system
  • Imposition of wealth tax
  • Demand for a higher minimum wage
  • Banning of labour broking
  • The total scrapping of e-tolls
  • Affordable, reliable, accessible and safe public transport and a stop to the expansion of the Gautrain service.
  • Filling of all vacancies in the public service
  • Absorption of community health care workers
  • Full implementation of national health Insurance
  • Absorption of community health care workers
  • Non-implementation of Boarder Management Agency
  • The union with its sister union, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) will jointly march in Tshwane to deliver memorandums to the Department of Health, South African Nursing Council (SANC), National Treasury and the Department of Public Service and Administration. Issues to be raised on the day, to mention a few, will be:
  • Speedy full-implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI)
  • Addressing the severe shortage of nurses and non-absorption of community service nurses at the time when there are high vacancy rates in facilities
  • Payment of nurses and suppliers
  • Continuous professional development opportunities for nurses in facilities as a result gross shortages of nurses
  • Decentralization of SANC (Opening of provincial offices urgently)
  • Opening of the registration period for payment of annual fees throughout the year, and not only from July to December of each year;

The union has therefore decided to arrange a press conference in order to communicate its state of readiness and details for the National Day of Action.

Details of the Press Conference:

Date: Monday, February 20, 2017
Venue: Parktonian Hotel, 120 De Korte St, Johannesburg
Time: 11am

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend in order to cover the press conference. Please confirm attendance with NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer Cde Khaya Xaba at 082 455 2500 or khaya@nehawu.org.za