he South African Emergency Personnel’s Union (SAEPU) is highly disappointed with the insensitive approach by Eastern Cape department of health towards the National Disaster decision taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa. We came to realise that EMS managers are pursuing with illegal disciplinary procedures to our members knowing very well that our union representatives can’t access the premises of the employer.
Department is acting irresponsible by putting Essential Workers on suspension or unpaid leave during this National Disaster period. The country/Nation is desperately in need of their services and to our surprise they suspend workers due to useless things.
A decision was taken in Bargaining chamber (PSCBC) that employer will put on hold all disciplinary actions against workers but Eastern Cape health EMS managers want to use Corona virus as an opportunity to victimise our members.
We are very much disappointed because our correspondence is not responded to because labour representatives are not in their offices including the HOD.
If working conditions remain an opportunity for management to victimise workers and department continue to remain silent, we will have no choice but to stop services. We demand that all suspensions and illegal unpaid leaves be lifted (how can you charge a person with unpaid leave while they are reporting on duty) There will be no EMS services on Tuesday, 31 March the whole of Eastern Cape Province.
Issued by SAEPU
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