NEHAWU Angered By Victimization And Intimidation Of Its Members By SANBS CEO And Board

Tuesday February 5, 2019

NEHAWU Angered By Victimization And Intimidation Of Its Members By SANBS CEO And Board


Tuesday February 5, 2019

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] is angered by the continuous victimisation of its members by the Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Blood Services [SANBS] and its board.

Our members have been subjected to continuous victimisation and intimidation by the CEO, Mr Jonathan Louw, for raising issues related to maladministration and corruption. Workers at SANBS are worried that if the scourge of wasteful expenditure is not curbed it might lead to the total collapse of the organisation which will ultimately lead to a job bloodbath.

Workers have questioned the fact that the salary of the CEO in the last six months has increased by R144, 076.36 from R156, 659.44 to R300, 735.80 while workers did not get bonuses last year. A ex gratia was eventually paid after NEHAWU intervened on behalf of its members and workers at SANBS.

As things stand, relations between parties have broken down because of the underhand tactics deployed the employer in a quest to quell our anger and frustration at the way the organisation in managed. However, members and workers will not be deterred by the highhandedness by the CEO with the support of the board. In this regard, workers are still demanding answers to the following questions:

  • Why did the employer introduce a retrenchment policy without consulting NEHAWU and subsequently forcing workers to take voluntary severance packages?
  • Why are the financial statements of the organisation concealed when they are supposed made public?
  • Why is SANBS continuing to rely on consultants while they have a functioning in-house auditing team?
  • Why the SANBS does not hire a medical director on a full time basis through a recruitment process instead of renewing the contract of the current director on a month to month basis?
  • We would like to know why black managers are encouraged to take voluntary severance packages only to be replaced by consulting firms who charges exorbitant fees. We demand immediate transformation of the SANBS.
  • In 2016 an investigation was undertaken by Werksman Attorneys to investigate irregularities related to procurement and human resources matters. A report of the results of the investigation has been withheld by the board. We demand the immediate release of the report.

The national union demands the removal of the CEO and the board because they do not hold the interest of the SANBS at heart. The CEO has been preaching that the organisation must tighten its belt because the financial situation of the SANBS is not a very good one. However, he went to procure drones for R7 million to transport blood from the blood bank to the hospitals without consultation with all relevant stakeholders. This introduction of drones will have a negative effect to the SANBS drivers who stand to lose their jobs.

As NEHAWU, we have continuously tried to engage management to desist from mistreating our members and workers without any success. NEHAWU will not fold its arms while its members are victimised and intimidated by the CEO. Our efforts of trying to build cordial relations between ourselves and the management have dismally failed as a result of the intransigency of the management. Instead of resolving issues tabled by NEHAWU the management decided to intimidate and victimise both members of NEHAWU and especially our shop stewards.

Failure to resolve these issues with immediate effect will leave us with no option but to embark on a strike action. Members are highly mobilised and ready for a fight. In this regard, we demand that the management resolve these issues instantaneously.

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Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat
Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500
or email: khaya@nehawu.org.za Visit NEHAWU website: www.nehawu.org.za

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