Hamburger outlet strike stops

2016-05-19 06:00

AFTER months of protesting, Wimpy Margate workers say they have been told to stop striking and change unions.

Wimpy staff spokesperson Beauty Xolo said recently members of South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu), Cosatu and Wimpy came to them when they were protesting and told them to stop.

“We were told to stop striking and go home. The employer and the people­ from Saccawu told us that if we remain under our union, Ucimeshawu­, we must consider ourselves jobless,” said Xolo.

Xolo said they were then given forms to fill in agreeing to change to Saccawu.

“We were given no choice but to sign the forms as our jobs were at stake,” she said.

Xolo said no agreement was reached between employees and Ucimeshawu­, so employees do not understand how they can be told to stop protesting and go back to work.

“We were told to return to work on Thursday. Later they said we should first meet with the employer and Saccawu­ at Margate Hotel on Friday. We do not know what the meeting is about,” said Xolo.

Ucimeshawu spokesperson, Robert­ Sompheta, was contacted and said he is not aware of any agreement that had been reached, but admitted he was notified by the employees that the strike had been stoped.

“There was outside intervention by stakeholders and I believe the members were misled.

“There was no agreement reached by us as the union representing the employees.

“We do not know how this happened - all we know is the strike has stopped and members are expected to return to work,” said Somphetha.

Wimpy owner David Smyth was contacted for comment and said they do not know anything about unions all they can say is they are happy the employees will be resuming work.

“We are happy that our staff will be coming back to work.

“We also apologise to other businesses that were affected during the strike,” he said.

In the meantime, workers remain at home waiting to hear from Wimpy when they can return to work.

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