Employee issued with UIF form by employer while working

2016-12-15 06:01

AFTER working for a company for over 30 years, complainant Bhekilizwe Mchunu alleges that his employer issued him with a UIF claim form stating that he must submit it to the CCMA.

Mchunu said it came as a shock because he is aware that an employee can claim UIF if he has been retrenched.

Mchunu alleged his employer told him he would be able to claim over R10 000, but never gave him a reason for this.

Mchunu said he went to the CCMA and opened a case against his employer.

“A case was registered at the CCMA and my employer was called to attend. On the day of the hearing my employer told the commissioner that I am still his employee and therefore the case should be dropped,” said Mchunu.

Mchunu said he failed to understand why the case was dropped. He alleges that the charges were dropped and he was told to sign an agreement and was told never to return to the CCMA again. Mchunu’s employer, Aszal Ally, was contacted for comment and confirmed there was a case registered at the CCMA, however, it was dropped as Mchunu is still his employee and he has not fired him. “I do not know why he says I fired him. He is still my employee and is expected to return to work soon,”

Ally did not say why the UIF form was given to Mchunu. He then referred the Fever to the CCMA. The CCMA was contacted for comment on the case and Luyanda Msoli from CCMA said according to their records the case was dropped. “According to our records, the complainant referred an unfair dismissal dispute to the CCMA office in Port Shepstone. The matter was scheduled for the Con/Arb process and a notice of set-down was sent to both parties," said Msoli. Msoli said after the process it transpired that Mchunu was still working for Ally and the commissioner pointed out to Mchunu that it would be difficult for him to prove his dismissal as he was still working. Mchunu withdrew his dispute.

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