IEC stalls on temp workers’ wages

2011-04-11 00:00

TEMPORARY Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) workers, who assisted over the two voter registration weekends in February and March, are complaining that they have not been paid.

Some were paid for the February weekend and others not. Many are still waiting for both February and March payments.

A temp who did get his money found that from a total of R1 080, he received just over R500 after deductions. This amounts to a deduction of over 40% whereas a normal deduction on a R1 000 payment is about 25%.

Others who were designated managers and who had to drive to different voting stations are waiting to be re-imbursed for their petrol money.

Another complainant said that when he queried the payment with the IEC he was told that a private service provider was dealing with the matter.

“If this is the case, why is the IEC not chasing up this service provider who is giving the organisation a bad name?” he asked

Many of the workers, who went through extensive training, are threatening that they are not going to work on the day of the local government election, May 18.

They say the IEC is about free and fair elections, but, they ask, what is free and fair about temporary workers having to wait months for their wages?

IEC spokesperson Thabani ­Ngwira said that according to the organisation’s records, the temps were paid two weeks after the registration weekend.

“In the case where people have given us wrong account details and inactive bank accounts, indeed we have had difficulties. We, however, encourage people to keep in touch with us in order to rectify this problem,” Ngwira said.


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