16 September 2013

South Africa: Nurses' Call for a Stop in Austerity Measures and Enforcement of the Robin Hood Tax

press release

As government representatives of the United Nations General Assembly's 68th session convenes in New York tomorrow the 17th September to review progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) will join the call by nurses all over the world to call for the enforcement of Robin Hood Tax by all governments that apply austerity measures, and use the proceeds from that tax collection specifically to improve health infrastructure.

In the interest of quality healthcare and for the attainment of health-related MDGs, DENOSA is circulating an electronic petition that all people must forward to their circle of friends in support of this important call, by writing their names. Every one hundredth person must forward the mail chain to info@denosa.org.za

The target of the petition is to reach 5000 in SA, while other nursing organisations embark on the similar initiatives in their countries. Nurses in the US will be staging a march in New York on the day of the sitting of the UN General Assembly tomorrow, to call for a stop on austerity measures.

"We call upon the labour movement and world citizens globally to support our petition against austerity measures and for the Robin Hood Tax (also known as Financial Transaction Tax). There is a disturbing resource gap to see to it that the realization of the Millennium Development Goals beyond the deadline of 2015 succeeds," says Nombuso Madonda, International Relations Coordinator at DENOSA.

The aim of MDGs is to eradicate poverty, achieve universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development.

The Robin Hood Tax campaign is calling for a tax of less than 1% of transactions on the stock exchanges around the world through the selling of bonds, stocks (shares) and other financial derivatives on the stock exchange. In the case of the US, National Nurses United (NNU) calls for 50c for every $ 100 that is traded on the Wall Street. And the proceeds will be used to fund healthcare. It emanates from the financial meltdown that took place in 2007, which resulted in the huge amounts of cash used by governments to bail out large organisations, thus neglecting the improvement of health conditions.

As this is in the best interest of quality patient care, it is a campaign worth supporting, as it invests in the health of citizens, which in turn result in the growth of economies underpinned by healthy workforces. It is also in line with the Congress of South African Trade Unions' policy document "A growth path towards full employment".

We Say stop austerity measures, enforce Robin Hood Tax for the good of the society


Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

For more information, contact:

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, Communications Manager, DENOSA: 079 875 2663


Nombuso Madonda, International Relations Coordinator, DENOSA: 082 776 0964

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