Auxiliary workers in the lurch

2008-05-07 00:00

About 75 auxiliary workers hired to train and work for the department of Social Development in Pietermaritzburg are frustrated that they have received neither their exam results nor their stipend for April, despite working every day.

In 2006, the department advertised a training programme in assisting social workers and guaranteed employment for people recruited from the response, provided that they pass the exam.

The 75 auxiliary workers signed a year-long contract in 2006. Before the contract expired in 2007, they had to sit for an exam, but seven months later, they have still not received their exam results.

“We come to work every day, but last month they told us that they were not going to pay us anymore,” said one worker.

It is believed that auxiliary workers under the same contract in Durban, the midlands and Ulundi have received their results and those who passed were employed.

Spokesman for the department of Social Development in Pietermaritzburg Mandla Ngema told the Witness yesterday it is “disheartening” that the interns spoke to the media instead of addressing the relevant authorities who would be able to help them.

He said the head office in Pietermaritzburg had received a list of names of interns that have passed and will be releasing those names today.

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