The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Sedibeng Region notes the strike by security personnel over many issues which started yesterday with picketing at Johan Heyns until tomorrow, which has affected all public health institutions in the Sedibeng District. The security personnel are demanding better working conditions from their employers, which is a reasonable demand that is in the best interest of both patients and health workers at institutions.
Currently, there is no security services being rendered at both hospitals and clinics in the district, which poses a serious safety risk to both patients and health workers in the workplace.DENOSA notes the terrible working conditions that security personnel are working under, including: That security is an outsourced service in the Department of Health; That security officers don’t have job security and are not paid on time; They work without tools of trade and without proper uniform. DENOSA fully agrees with the demands of security personnel and calls for an urgent implementation of the Premier’s resolution to insource security personnel in all public healthcare institutions. In the meantime, DENOSA urges management in Sedibeng to observe Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and adhere to the requirements of a safe environment.