Youth agency resolves bonus dispute

2011-12-08 13:00

The National Youth Development Agency has resolved the bonus-related dispute which led to a strike by a group of its workers.

The agency’s chief financial officer Khatu Ramukumba said today that the group turned up for duty after getting their money.

“All the workers who were on strike, 296 of them are at work as we speak. We have received our quarterly payment from the presidency and we paid the workers on Wednesday (yesterday).”

They went on strike and protested outside the agency’s Midrand offices against being given an 8.33% performance bonus.

The workers had approached the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, which ruled the agency should pay them a bonus of 18% by November 30.

Agency was established by President Jacob Zuma to tackle youth development. It made international headlines in December last year for hosting the World Youth Festival at a cost of R69 million.

There was widespread criticism of the festival’s budget, which was initially R400 million, but later cut to R69 million.

Of this, R29 million came from the government and R40 m from the National Lotteries Board.

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