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southafricalogoTimesLive reports that the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) wants to be classified as a security department so it can open on Saturdays without having to pay overtime.

The department has submitted a bill to the cabinet that would change the nature of the DHA to a security department, entitling it to be open on weekends. In a parliamentary response to a question on why the department did not operate on Saturdays, DHA Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the department desperately wanted its offices open on Saturdays, however, a stalemate had been reached with labour unions. “The type of services rendered by home affairs offices fall in the same category as services rendered by police services and clinics. Unfortunately, the unions took the matter to the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) and made it a subject of negotiations, [and] it ended in a stalemate,” he reported. Motsoaledi went on to say: “We wanted Saturday work done through the shift system in the same way police and nurses do. However, the unions insist on deploying the same people who work during the week hours, but paying them overtime. Should we agree, the department will be forced into paying overtime for life/permanent overtime and this is untenable.” Motsoaledi said not operating on Saturdays had negatively affected his department’s services, which ironically “affect members of unions the most.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nivashni Nair at BusinessLive

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