COSATU Free State fully supports the call by WFTU for the international day of action under the theme ‘Fighting for workplace safety, Free healthcare and Social Security,’ which seeks to bring about better services to our people.
We are not happy with the state of health care in the province which is currently marred with various acute ailments, including staff shortage, shortage of equipment, consumables, dilapidated infrastructure as well as poor management. Our members have been unfairly ‘thrown into the deep end’ due to this challenges that are not of their own making!
We are not happy with the condition under which our members have to work. These conditions continuously predispose them to a number of potential mistakes in the workplace and at the same time pitting our members against the community they serve.
Our members as the first point of contact are in many instances predisposed to being verbally and/or abused by frustrated community members, when they do not get services on time.
We are aware of the fact that once workers have been injured in the workplace and can no longer perform their duties they are quickly replaced as if they are machinery or implements.
As COSATU FS ,we have taken a stand that those employers should take responsibility for such injuries to our members ,as no workers go to work to be injured. It cannot be acceptable that an injured worker who would have produced millions and profits for the employer prior to his/her injury is just discarded when maimed at work!
We therefore would be joining the NEHAWU activity at Manapo Hospital on 03 October 2018 to embark on this noble campaign and call upon all the workers to support this campaign.
As COSATU Free State ,we remain steadfast that the implementation of the undiluted NHI program would bring about tremendous improvement to the health care system for both our members and the communities serve!
Issued by COSATU Free State
Enquiries Provincial Secretary Monyatso oa Mahlatsi @ 010 219 1373 or 076 115 9923