Striking Ezemvelo KZN staff to lose their pay

2014-07-03 00:00

EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife yesterday announced that it had issued a “no work, no pay” ultimatum to employees who embarked on an illegal strike this week.

The strike had effectively closed down Ezemvelo’s head office at Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday and Tuesday, EKZNW communications manager Musa Mntambo said in a statement issued yesterday. He said the leaders of Hospersa and Nehawu unions to which the strikers belong, had distanced themselves from the wildcat strike.

Ezemvelo’s acting CEO, Siphiwe Radebe, said the strike was not only illegal but “highly regrettable” given that management and the unions were immersed in a negotiation process surrounding the “migration” or restructuring of staff throughout the organisation.

He said strikers’ interpretation of the migration’s salary proposals would seem to have caused the strike.

“This misunderstanding has resulted in striking staff wanting new salary scales to be implemented immediately.

“Management has subsequently appointed an independent consultant to offer assurance to management that their own interpretation of the ‘migration process’ is correct. The outcome of this independent interpretation will be placed before the unions next Monday.”

Radebe added that there was “no correlation” between the strike and staff concerns about Ezemvelo paying R1,5 million to refurbish Didima Lodge for the recent hosting of the KZN Cabinet and legislature.

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