Some small business employees not paid for time spent idle during blackouts

2008-01-19 00:00

EMPLOYEES at some Durban small businesses have been “short-changed” by their employers, who have not paid them for time spent at work during power outages.

Describing the practice as “mean”, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Professor Bonke Dumisa said that while it is not a widespread practice, he has been made aware that some businesses have done this in order to lessen the impact of the outages.

Many local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large-scale manufacturers have been hit particularly hard by outages.

Dumisa said non-payment of employees during blackout time is seen as one of the few ways of minimising the financial harm caused by load shedding.

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