Midwives, Nurses Overtime Case To Be Heard

Nurses want to be remunerated accordingly PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Nurses want to be remunerated accordingly PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Gaborone Labour Office will, on Friday, hear a case in which nurses and midwives are demanding overtime remuneration.

Botswana Nurses Union president, Obonolo Rahube said if the employer is not willing to pay midwives and nurses overtime then workers should not do extra jobs. “According to the Employment Act 94, if one works excess hours he or she should be paid in terms of rest or money and it’s at the discretion of the employee. If they do not yield to that there will be no option but to approach the courts,” Rahube said. He further said at health posts and clinics, after 4:30pm, one nurse remains on duty. “This is whereby a nurse will be attending to all incoming patients after hours at times referring to the primary hospitals.

The nurse is at work starting from 7:30am through the night to the next morning for seven consecutive days.”

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