Netcare confirms staff and union engagement regarding proposed restructuring

Netcare structural review within its hospital division

Thursday, January 24 2019

Netcare confirms that the company recently issued a Section 189 notice that it will be embarking on a process of consultation on the proposed structural review within its hospital division. The notice was issued to both representative trade unions and employees in the hospital division who may be affected.

Whilst it is correct that 516 Netcare employees received a letter informing them of the company’s intention to review their conditions of employment, the vast majority of employees who received this notice will be consulted regarding proposed amendments to their current hours of work or current roles.

It is not envisaged that the number of posts that are potentially redundant will exceed 0.7% of the 20 000 people employed by Netcare and we are hopeful of securing suitable alternatives for those affected given that we experience monthly staff turnover which is significantly higher than this figure.

The notice follows careful assessment by the company of the external influences including current and expected market conditions, and the hospital division’s current resourcing and business processes.

The process of engagement has only started, and Netcare and the representative trade unions have agreed to request CCMA facilitation of the consultation process.

The statement made by DENOSA, a union for nurses only, that “hundreds” of staff members will lose their jobs is somewhat misleading and confusing given that no nurses who are engaged in the provision of patient care are involved in the review, which is restricted to staff employed in other categories.

Netcare and DENOSA also began annual salary negotiations this week. DENOSA’s initial demands for increases range from 10% to 20%, notwithstanding their reference to the inflation rate being 5.2%.”

You may quote Ramasela Mokonyama, Group employment relations manager at Netcare.

Issued by:            MNA on behalf of Netcare  
Contact:    Martina Nicholson, Graeme Swinney, Meggan Saville and Estene Lotriet-Vorster
Telephone:    (011) 469 3016
Email:        [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] or             [email protected]