The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) is in full support of its sister affiliate CWU in its quest to save the 400 jobs that are hanging on the line at the public broadcaster, SABC.
The stance taken by the SABC Board to gun for the defenceless and vulnerable workers, who earn a pittance compared to executive management's fat pay, bears testimony to the fact that this board has proven not to be the needed solution to saving the SABC.
They opt for a decision that will close doors of SABC in the end. As an organisation for nurses in the country, DENOSA is reliant on SABC in conveying health messages to the masses of our people in their homes and in the language they understand.
As nurses, we sympathize with the journalists who have been with us in the wards during the most difficult time in this country when COVID-19 was wreaking havoc, reporting on the scourge that was taking its toll on nurses and other healthcare workers to the nation. The Board and executive management were nowhere to be found.
It is unfortunate that now that the dust has somewhat settled for a while, the same journalists who empowered the nation with relevant information are being thrown under the bus by the ruthless board.
DENOSA appeals to both the Minister of Communications and Members of Parliament not to allow this senselessness and madness to be approved, and that they must overturn this shallow-minded decision.
DENOSA wishes every employee at SABC all the strength and calls on them to stand up and raise their voice on this struggle, which matters greatly to them.
While we pledge our solidarity, we also appeal for their support as the same challenge is likely to hit the workers in the public sector, which is starting by undermining of collective bargaining agreements.