Steve Biko Hospital says can't consider insourcing without vacancies

Acting CEO at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital has dismissed calls for workers to be insourced, saying government employment procedures need to followed.

Born to Protect security guards protested outside the Steve Biko Academic Hospital on Monday, blocking the entrance with burning tyres and barbed wire in Pretoria. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Management at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital says they cannot consider insourcing without vacancies at the facility.

Security personnel have been protesting outside the hospital over salary payments.

The union representing workers - the Academic and Professional Staff Association - has demanded that the hospital terminate its contract with the Born to Protect security company and hire the guards itself.

Acting CEO at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Mathabo Mathebula, has dismissed calls for workers to be insourced, saying that government employment procedures need to followed.

“Insourcing can’t happen because you have to have posts, the government processes of employing, you have to go through advertising.”

She’s removed herself from the salary payment disputes, saying the matter is between the security company and the employees.

A meeting was held between union bosses, hospital management and the security company where the union demanded that workers be paid their outstanding November salaries and provident funds.

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