Health workers may get risk allowance

BusinessLive reports that government is considering a risk allowance for healthcare workers

Employers in the healthcare sector may soon be obliged to pay employees a risk allowance. This is according to BusinessLive, which recently reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is considering a union proposal to incentivise health-care workers at the front line of the fight against Covid-19.  

Zola Saphetha, general secretary of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), reportedly met with the Minster on 13 August, when it was agreed that the minister would take the issue of “risk allowance or motivational incentives” for front-line workers into consideration.  

Nehawu, which represents 108,000 health-care workers, has been demanding “danger allowance” since the beginning of lockdown.

Meanwhile, eNCA recently reported that Popcru is calling for an increase in the danger allowance of prison and health officials, many of whom "work in unsavoury conditions, which have deteriorated during the Covid-19 pandemic."