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Union protests over decision not to renew temporary nursing posts

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The Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union (YNITU) will march to the Gauteng Department of Health on Wednesday morning, protesting against the decision not to renew temporary nursing posts.

The Department says it cannot afford to renew all eight-thousand temporary posts created at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The jobs were rolled out to address inadequate capacity, where needed, amid the healthcare crisis.

The job terminations are expected to start taking effect at the end of March.

The YNITU’s General Secretary ,Lerato Mthunzi says they plan to meet on Wednesday morning  in Johannesburg   and to march to the Department of Health.

“Our focus is on saving jobs of the COVID-19 heroes. Their contracts are being threatened to be terminated. The nurses that we have trained for the past four years are also being let go,” says Mthunzi.

Mthunzi says the healthcare system is in a serious crisis.

The Department of Health is also threatening to let go of the support staff, so you can imagine the dent the loss of those jobs is going to create in a healthcare system that is in a serious crisis,” adds Mthunzi.

Source: SABC News

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