PRETORIA – The Young Nurse’s Indaba Trade Union (YNITU) is demanding their jobs back, as they embarked on a march in Tshwane on Wednesday.
The YNITU marched to the Department of Health and National Treasury in Tshwane to submit their letter of grievance.
The march is said to be sparked by the lack of service delivery in hospitals as they feel that public hospitals are failing. They even lack money and request intervention from the health department and national treasury.
Among other issues, the Union is demanding that the contracted health care workers be hired permanently.
Workers say that health care facilities are struggling with the workforce, furthermore, want hospitals revamped.
The spokesperson of the YNITU, Rich Sicina, says that he has witnessed a lot of unfair health services provided to South African citizens and health workers.
“We have released that head of facilities is falling apart as they are complaining about the gross shortage of stuff, gross of material and resources and the public health system is under siege, as they do not have money to hire all those Covid-19 contractors, community members professional nurses’ services and security,” Sicina said.
Sicina further pointed out that public health facilities are struggling, and accused the government of not being concerned about public health services.
“These austerity measures they are crying poverty, we have concluded that they do not care, it is because they, not beneficiaries of the public health care system. When they are sick, they will not go to Bara, they will not go to the overpopulated hospitals.
“They cared they were not going to implement austerity measures against the public health care system.”
Sicina concluded that they expect a response from the National Treasury and the Department of Health.
“They have failed dismally and if we send this letter of demands and if we do not get the desired answer, South Africans should know we are in for a high jump, we have serious chronic poverty of leadership,” Sicina said.
The memorandum is said to be no different from the previous one, which demanded that the Department of Health do away with austerity measures and the lack of staff in public hospitals.