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MBABANE – Circular No.1 of 2018 of On-Call Allowance standardisation in the Ministry of Health is discriminatory.

This was an assertion made by the president of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU), Bheki Mamba, when addressing nurses yesterday before they delivered a petition to the Ministry of Health.

Mamba said they wanted the on-call allowances to cut across as the money would not be the same because of their varying salary grades.
He said if government wanted to compensate other people, they should have done it through grading and not allowances.
The union members had converged at the park adjacent to the Mbabane Fire Station at around 10.05am where they were taking orders before eventually marching.

Mamba told the union members that it was only fair to be paid according to the hours they put in and wanted to know what scientific method was used by government to come up with the allowances in the circular.
He encouraged government to be open to the negotiating table.

The president advised the health workers to unite and fight the ‘monster’, referring to government.
“Don’t you dare come to a conclusion that when this monster calls you they will then do you a favour because it will never happen as the monster is all out to divide and push health workers out,” he said.
Mamba said they had come to deliver the petition to the ministry of health to encourage it to review the circular.


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