The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) has threatened the government with a lawsuit from the CCMA, should it fail to honour the collective bargaining agreement.
In a statement on Friday, 20 March 2020, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa announced that it would be taking the Department of Public Services and Administration, along with Treasury, to the CCMA. The union will only undertake this drastic measure if the two parties fail to honour their side of the collective bargaining agreement on 1 April 2020. The union noted that its members were angry at the possibility of the government not honouring its word, especially because they are understaffed, resulting in a worker doing duties of three or more workers.
Several unions, including the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), have raised similar concerns about the government’s refusal to honour the collective bargaining agreement. DENOSA condemned the government for being the “first to break the same laws while it expects others to be abided by the same laws.”
The union noted that nurses in the public sector are willing to down tools, should the government fail to honour the collective bargaining agreement. “There is nothing that will be stopping workers from fighting for their hard-earned rights when it is the same government that threatens to take away such rights,” the statement read.