Cedara: Protest blocks office

2012-07-30 00:00

PROTESTING workers of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs blocked access to head office in the Cedara on Friday.

The workers, mainly extension officers, workers from the coffin and woodwork sections and general employees were complaining about working conditions.

They sealed off the main gate, preventing cars and people from entering.

Sources who declined to be named said the extension officer’s main gripe was the disparities in wages.

“Some extension officers are paid R3 000 while others are paid close to R12 000 per month, yet they are doing exactly the same job,” said a source.

“Moreover, some of these extension officers have been on contract for the past seven years and there are no plans to make them permanent workers.”

Workers from the coffin and wood work section said they were being exploited.

“The department set these targets we have to achieve and they do not provide the material, and if we miss those targets we are threatened with dismissal,” said one.

By around 10 am, the non-striking workers had given up and gone home.

Department spokesperson Jeffrey Zikhali said they were aware of the strike and MEC Meshack Radebe would meet the workers this week to address their concerns.

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