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Chief Negotiator reports on outcomes of the 1st DENOSA National Bargaining Conference


By Khaya Sodidi, Chief Negotiator 

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades

The 1st National Bargaining Conference convened on 27-28 June 2014 at DENOSA head office in Pretoria. The following resolutions were taken by various commissions:


Mandatory Process

• There must be a provincial chief negotiator from POBs and the province should determine who becomes negotiator 

• Mandatory Process Model must be as follows:

i. Correspondence from national;

ii. Provincial office receives the correspondence;

iii. The province disseminates the information to provincial negotiator, PEC members and provincial coordinators including organisers and fulltime shop stewards;

iv. Provincial negotiator, PEC members, provincial organisers and fulltime shop stewards disseminate the information to regions;

v. The regional structures disseminate the information to local structures; 

vi. And the local structures disseminate the information to branches or institutions;

vii. Once the branches respond, the response is sent back to locals;

viii. Locals send the response back to the regions for consolidation;

ix. The regions send back to provincial structure for provincial mandate;

x. If the majority of regions agree on a mandate, the province consolidates and sends to national;

xi. In the event of unclear or not conclusive mandate from regions;

xii. Convene a provincial shop steward council for debate and consolidation;

xiii. Thereafter, the clear mandate is conveyed to national; 

• Notwithstanding the above, the teleconference can be used as a way of communicating the collected mandate from all structures if the need arises. 

Government Budgetary Processes & Demands

• Joint Mandating Committee (JMC) of COSATU must synchronise Budgetary Processes and Demands

• Must keep the Single-Term Agreement 

• Capacity building of leadership is key finding expression in the structures of the organization
2015 Salary Negotiations, The Demands to PSCBC
• Wage Increment: 15% 

• Term Of Agreement: Single Term

• Rearrangement of working hours: The provinces must put this matter on hold as PSCBC must still finalise it 

• Housing Allowance: Increase from R960 to R1800 as the timeframe of finalizing it has long elapsed

• PMDS: Replace PMDS with another Compensation Model that will benefit everyone

• Outsourcing: This practice must be abolished as it is against the COSATU campaign of labour brokering and outsourcing 

• Family Responsibility Leave: 6 Months Maternity Leave, 6 Weeks Paternity Leave and Special Leave for parents of children with Special Needs (disability) 

• Night Shift Allowance: Increase from R4.00 to R7.00

• Shift Workers: Amendment of Res 1 of 2007 on leave 

The Demands to PHSDSBC

Please note that the following demands have been tabled to the council but the conference felt strongly that they must be finalised soon: 

• Danger Allowance: All nurses must be paid danger allowance

• Rural Allowance: Extend to all categories of nurses. The remuneration of nurses should be aligned with the one of doctors 

• Uniform: The uniform must be supplied by the department 

• OSD: Review the Resolution 3 of 2007

• Occupational Health & Safety: The employer must comply with COIDA in TB institutions and other general hospitals.


Strike Management 

• DENOSA must establish JMC at provincial level

• Establish Strike Committee at institutional/workplace level 

• Proper communication/consultation within the organization 

• Finalise Minimum Service Level Agreement

• Involvement of other unions in action plan

• Consistent update from the institutions to avoid confusion and hearsay
• Centralise communication in reporting to media in managing the flow of information 

• Keep attendance register, no name tags during the strike

• Contingency Plan must be developed by each institution 

• The managers to use their own discretion to avoid exposing members/nurses to violent behavior that may even result to fatal incidents 

• Utilization of Strike Fund for various activities 

Private Sector 

• Visibility of Regional and Provincial Office Bearers

• Relationship building between Denosa and Private sector

• Utilisation of DPI as a strategy in having an access to private sector 

• Capacity building and support through nursing update

• Education of members about the alliance

• Mentorship of shop stewards by human resource department to empower them in dealing with employees’ issues. 

• Educate shop stewards on their roles at branch/workplace level

• Private Sector Organiser 

• Organisers must understand LRA in terms of private sector

• Run education campaign on Generic Disciplinary Code of Conduct

• Establish Central Private Healthcare Sector Bargaining Council

• Review of the constitution in opening up membership to healthcare workers, surgical technicians and anaesthic assistance

Compiled By

Khaya Sodidi

Chief Negotiator