No overtime pay after 18 months

2011-06-30 00:00

MORE than a year has passed and a number of clerks at the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department have not been paid for overtime they worked in December 2009.

Thulani Zulu, Malibongwe Shelembe and Buyani Ngcobo, who are clerks in the demand and acquisition section, said they have not been paid the overtime they worked between December 1 to 16 while other employees have.

Zulu said he had enlisted the aid of his lawyers firstly on May 17, 2009, and then on June 10, but they have received no reply from the manager.

He said 24 employees have not been paid their overtime. “Some of the workers are contractors so they don’t want to risk their jobs by taking this up with the managers.”

Department spokesperson Mbali Thusi said that according to the submission approved by the then head of department, the overtime was to end on December 4, 2009, and the amount approved was R300 000.

“Employees were paid for that official period. The approval of performance of overtime is the delegation of the head of department only and there was no other approval besides the one ending on December 4, 2009,” said Thusi.

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