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NEHAWU Currently On Strike At HPCSA

Thursday November 15, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] is currently on strike at the Health Professional Council of South Africa [HPCSA] on matters of mutual interest. The strike started this morning [Friday November 16, 2018] after we were awarded a certificate to strike on the 4th October 2018 by the CCMA.

Our members are worried about the threat to job security that is looming because of the Business Process Re-Engineering [BPR] that is being unilaterally implemented by the employer. The movement of workers to new positions as part of the BPR has created confusion at HPCSA and has left workers muddled in terms of the new responsibilities they have to perform.

Our grievances have been continuously raised with management for the past three months and management continued to turn a blind eye to these genuine and urgent demands by workers. On the 5th November a meeting was convened between the Acting Registrar and a delegation of the union led by the General Secretary to try and resolve the challenges faced by our members at HPCSA. The meeting did not yield the desired results as the employer continue to treat our demands with sheer arrogance and intransigence hence we took the decision to go on an indefinite strike until our demands are fully met.

Our demands are as follows: • Immediate halting of the BPR
• Immediate halting of the IT Oracle service cloud processes
• Proper consultation on the restructuring of the Council
• Guarantee of job security
• REMCO must stop interfering on the recruitment of staff.
• reversal of appointments done by REMCO
• adherence to the signed Accord and its principles including consultation on job descriptions changes
• union bashing and intimidation of workers

NEHAWU will also write to the Minister of Health to ask him to thoroughly scrutinize our demands and act as a matter of urgency to restore HPCSA to the level that it should be and play a meaningful role within its core mandate and execution of its role to the public and its practitioners.

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: Visit NEHAWU website:

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