@Elza_Van_Lingen: Newly Appointed Ambulance Drivers not Paid

By: Elza van Lingen MP DA Eastern Cape Constituency Leader for Tsitsi-Kouga Large numbers of newly appointed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel must go unpaid due to “logistical” glitches in Bhisho. The EMS staff are paid on the 15th of each month but alarmingly, newly appointed employees have not been paid as yet. Some ambulance drivers in the Sarah Baartman District have been employed for up to 5 years on an annual contract. We have fought against this practice since January 2014 because a 12-month contract affects the credit worthiness of these employees. Since then, approximately 60 of the 70 ambulance personnel have been appointed permanently this month. The department of health must be credited for restoring the dignity of these dedicated men and women who work around the clock serving the community. Yesterday I wrote to senior management for EMS in the Sarah Baartman District and the department in Bhisho for assistance, without a response. Mr. D.J Francis, Operations Manager EMS, later informed them that they were experiencing logistical problems and that the department is doing everything possible to resolve the matter while issuing an apology to the affected staff. This morning I contacted Kouga Station Commander, Mr. Saville Kops, who referred me to the local Human Resource Manager in Port Elizabeth, Ms. Bacela. She was most unhelpful and offered repeated excuses. I then phoned the head of EMS in Bhisho, Mr. Sibisisu Zuma, who assured me that there will be a payment done by 11 May 2015. This situation will be closely watched by the DA to ensure that these employees are paid as agreed and that their salaries will be paid on time. I will also write to Mr Zuma to confirm our conversation this morning in order to hold him accountable to his commitment. It is so amazing that the state is the worst sinner when it comes to treating their employees with respect! [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################

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