Ambulance staff sacking ruling challenged

THE Eastern Cape Health Department has asked the Labour Court to overturn a ruling that it was too harsh in dismissing five senior officials, including a former Port Elizabeth emergency vehicle fleet manager, because they used an air ambulance to fly to a soccer match.

The department is also objecting to an order that the five former officials be paid a collective R3.1-million in compensation.

The ruling by the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council was handed down last month, but Eastern Cape Health spokesman Siyanda Manana said they had asked the Labour Court to overturn it. – Estelle Ellis

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  • March 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Is the Labour Court condoning this type of behaviour where “senior” officials must remain “untouched” when the very same officials mete out discipline to their subordinates? Mr Manana and his team must be applauded and supported for taking a no-nonsense stance in the ill-discipline so prevalent in the ambulance section. This way pride and dignuty will be restored to this noble profession. The punishment applied is not harsh at all – it certainly is just for the transgression committed, taking into account that they all are “senior officials” in powerful positions of trust.


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