About forty eight cleaners at the Scottish Livingstone Memorial Hospital in Molepolole were this week left in lurch when their employment was terminated.
In an interview with The Voice on Wednesday morning, the employees who were still in shock revealed that the Government had betrayed them.
They said despite Ministry of health permanent secretary, Kolaatamo Malefho’s promise that they will be deployed into other areas within the hospital the promise has been ignored.
“This is very shocking to us and we never expected this government to treat us like this.
Last year we met with the permanent secretary in the ministry of health who assured us that we won’t lose our job.
It’s now surprising that he has gave an instruction that we make way for the private company engaged within fifteen days,” they said.
The cleaners who preferred to remain anonymous said a company called Stock Show had already taken over and hired new cleaners who are currently on duty at the hospital.
They went on to reveal that most of the clinics within Molepolole are operating with very limited staff and they had hoped that they will be deployed to such clinics but were informed that the ministry of health’s permanent secretary has since freezed the posts.
“Before they decided to get rid of us we used to be engaged at some of the clinics around Molepolole because there is a serious shortage of staff and we had hoped we would occupy those posts.”
They said they have since given up on their union leadership as it doesn’t seem to be willing to help.
“There is no use for us to engage our union leadership because it’s just not helping in any way but instead seem to be supporting this corrupt government,” they said further threatening to deal with the current government at the polls in October.
Contacted for a comment Malefho admitted to promising that the cleaners will be deployed.
He however said he also made them aware that such promise was likely not to be fulfilled due to government strained budgets.
“It’s true I met them last year and made such promises but I also made them aware that such promises were likely not be fulfilled due to lower budgets.
We are outsourcing some of the jobs because the government is trying to improve service delivery.
Outsourcing policy has always been there and we made civil servants aware of that through their unions.
We have since agreed on early exit policy as well and we will pay them,” he said.
for his part BOFEPUSU leader, Johnson Motshwarakgole said he was aware of the matter and the union has since engaged the employees on the matter.
“We talked to them and even negotiated their exit packages with the government.
If the government wants to outsource services there is nothing we can do,” said Motshwarakgole.