Health workers in overtime pay row
SEVERAL employees of the health department in Limpopo - including nurses, doctors and paramedics - are up in arms over the non-payment of overtime since October last year.
This was despite an undertaking earlier this year by health authorities to process all outstanding payments by March 18.
This did not happen .
Employees, who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, accused authorities of being insensitive.
A nurse at Polokwane Provincial Hospital said: "The conditions we work under are very difficult. But we have not been paid for several months now."
Some paramedics also complained of being persuaded to work overtime during the Easter holidays.
"Some of us are now doing overtime because we have the interests of the people at heart. But we are being pushed too far now by authorities," one paramedic said.
The problem of overtime non-payment started late last year when the Limpopo administration experienced serious financial crisis brought about by, among other things, rampant corruption in the procurement and payment of services to private companies.
The health department - along with the education, treasury, public works, education, roads and transport departments - were then placed under national administration following a Cabinet decision.
Limpopo health spokesman Phuti Seloba placed the blame on some managers in the districts and regions who were not submitting relevant documents to head office for payment of overtime.
"We have observed with concern that some of our colleagues are not providing proper leadership so that the workers can be paid their overtime," Seloba said.
"We expect them to do their work otherwise we'll be left with no option but to take action.
"It's true that non-payment has the potential of breaking families. For one to prove that he or she was working overtime for the whole night is when his or her family sees payment at the end of the month."