Burger outlet operation at stake

2016-09-15 06:00
PHOTO: precious Gumede Cosatu members and Wimpy Margate staff protest.

PHOTO: precious Gumede Cosatu members and Wimpy Margate staff protest.

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WIMPY owner David Smith declined to comment to the Fever on the recent strike outside the outlet by some of his former employees and union members.

The strike could be a threat to business as union leaders and affected staff said they want Wimpy to close.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary Mdumiseni Danca said if management continues to exploit workers and undermine the rights of employees they will be left with no option but to embark on more strike action.

“If he continues we will consult with owners of building and sign a petition with CCMA and Department of Labour to issue enforcement orders of trade unions to recruit employees of Wimpy,” said Danca

Cosatu members and the staff who had been dismissed picketed outside recently, demanding that the owner answers their complaints, however, Smith was not at the outlet that day.

A few months ago the union met with Smith and they agreed that working conditions and staff complaints would be looked into and that misunderstandings would be resolved and the staff would return to work.

Cosatu chair, Ernest Mkhize, said the employer failed to stick to the agreement.

“Smith failed to stick to the agreement and he fired three employees immediately after the last meeting we had with him.”

He said Smith promised the union that the changing room issue would be resolved and that wages would be discussed and staff will get their normal wages.

“Smith did not comply with any of those things. In 2015 employees had a take-home wage of R4 574, and this year their wages were decreased to R1 519 and he did not make any transport arrangements for staff that work late,” he said

Under these circumstances, angry union members and staff outside Wimpy sang “Wimpy must fall”. They also told Fever that the municipality should take over the outlet because it is failing.

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