The PSA has noted Motsoaledi’s extended working hours solution with concern, following the minister’s claim that labour unions are disinterested in his proposal.
The Public Servants Association (PSA) responded with concern to the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA) proposal to have working hours extended, in a statement released on Tuesday, 20 April 2021. This follows Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi’s interview on eNCA, where he disclosed that he would be engaging with labour unions to negotiate extending hours into the weekend.
Motsoaledi presented the possible working hours extension as a solution to the department’s backlog and long queue issue. The PSA said, “The backlogs and long queue are a result of the DHA’s constant off-line and dysfunctional live-capture system. System failures have caused dissatisfaction and frustration amongst members of the public.”
The association further urged the DHA to also release a statement highlighting the department’s dysfunctional system as the reason for the backlog. The PSA added that it supports the mandate to render effective and efficient service, but relevant employment processes must be followed. The association further mentioned that it would continue to participate in negotiations until a suitable resolution is found.