The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in the Eastern Cape is calling out the Department of Health in the province for its failure to comply with the arbitration award in favour of DENOSA, which ordered that the department pays out rural allowance to enrolled nurses and enrolled nursing assistants in at least three hospitals in Joe Gqabi and Chris Hani districts.
Acting Provincial secretary Sivuyile Sikwe says DENOSA is seated with three awards from the arbitration, all of which ordered the Eastern Cape Department of Health to pay rural allowance.
The department has been silent about these orders, blatantly ignoring and acting consistently in its undermining of collective bargaining.
The payment of rural allowance has become urgent, especially in the context of years that has gone by without public servants receiving any form of increment. The standard of living for all public servants has dropped drastically and many families are finding it hard to make ends meet.