Nurses’ union not al­lowed in City of Tsh­wane clin­ics

Pretoria News - - METRO - RAPULA MOATSHE rapula.moatshe@inl.co.za

NURSES af­fil­i­ated to the Demo­cratic Nurs­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion of South Africa (Denosa) are up­set that their rep­re­sen­ta­tives were pro­hib­ited from meet­ing with them at the City of Tsh­wane clin­ics, where they work.

The dis­grun­tled nurses claimed they were de­nied the right to union rep­re­sen­ta­tion be­cause they were not em­ployed by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Their em­ployer is the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Health, which sta­tioned them at the mu­nic­i­pal clin­ics to ful­fil its part of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the City.

Nurses said it was un­fair for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to only al­low the South African Mu­nic­i­pal Work­ers’ Union (Samwu) and In­de­pen­dent Mu­nic­i­pal Al­lied Trade Union (Imatu) to in­ter­act with the em­ploy­ees.

The in­for­ma­tion bar­ring other unions from en­ter­ing City de­part­ments or re­gions was en­tailed in a memo dated May 18, 2018, which was cir­cu­lated among all of­fi­cials.

The memo, which the Pre­to­ria News has seen, read: “It has been brought to our at­ten­tion that some de­part­ments or re­gions al­low un­recog­nised trade unions to hold meet­ings and re­cruit po­ten­tial mem­bers dur­ing work­ing hours and within the City of Tsh­wane’s premises. De­part­ments and re­gions are hereby ad­vised to re­frain from al­low­ing any trade union who is not recog­nised by the South African Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil to ex­er­cise or­gan­i­sa­tional rights as they are not legally en­ti­tled.”

The memo fur­ther stated that “the only recog­nised trade unions in the City of Tsh­wane which, en­joy or­gan­i­sa­tional rights are the Imatu and Samwu”.

The memo was penned by Ger­ald Shin­gange, group head of hu­man cap­i­tal man­age­ment, who also ad­vised “that no other trade unions ex­cept Imatu and Samwu are per­mit­ted ac­cess to any City of Tsh­wane premises to hold meet­ings”.

“Al­low­ing trade unions that are not yet ad­mit­ted as par­ties to the bar­gain­ing coun­cil to hold meet­ings con­sti­tutes a se­ri­ous breach of its con­sti­tu­tion and the main col­lec­tive agree­ment,” Shin­gange wrote.

Health MMC Sakkie du Plooy ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment at the ap­proach that barred other unions to host meet­ings with nurses.

“I don’t think it is right,” he said. He promised to take up the mat­ter with the group head of his depart­ment with a view to ad­dress it.

“These nurses are part of us. They should have the same priv­i­leges as nurses af­fil­i­ated to Samwu and Imatu. Their rep­re­sen­ta­tives should be al­lowed to see them,” Du Plooy said.

Denosa re­gional leader Si­mon Le­be­loane re­ferred me­dia en­quiries to a col­league Bon­gani Maz­ibuko, who was not avail­able to com­ment.

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