Worker’s toil unrewarded; now pin hopes on de Lille

2015-06-25 06:00
Onke Vumindaba, from the mayor’ s office signing a memorundum handed over by Lulamile Jaca and Zukisani Kota, workers for Senzakabi/Sky Force, who lead the march, on Tuesday, in Cape Town.

Mbongiseni MASEKO

Onke Vumindaba, from the mayor’ s office signing a memorundum handed over by Lulamile Jaca and Zukisani Kota, workers for Senzakabi/Sky Force, who lead the march, on Tuesday, in Cape Town. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Cleaning staff at a local company have taken their struggle for non-payment to a higher authority.

After months of being unpaid workers of Senzakabi/Sky Force have now taken their grievances to the Mayor’s office where they handed over a memorandum.

Onke Vumindaba and Sandile Babe, both officials from Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille’s office accepted the document, promising she will respond within 14 working days and also keep the workers updated about the progress of their demands within seven days.

However, Zukisani Kota, one of the employees, threatened to “mobilise” other structures, such as Seskhona Peoples Rights Movement, to come and “make the city ungovernable” should the city fail to respond by Friday.

The unhappy workers, who provide cleaning services at interchanges such as Site C taxi rank and other sites in the area, accuse their employer, Lulama Tom, of failing to pay them their full salaries.

Their excitement at getting a job in December was short-lived after they were allegedly not paid in full.

In their memorandum, they claim that they have been engaged in numerous meetings with officials from the City of Cape Town. To no avail.

One of the demands in the memorandum was the extermination of the contract as it presently stands.

They demanded that their salary be paid directly by the City of Cape Town.

“It is always very painful to work so hard with commitment and dedication, but to find yourself unable to receive any rewards for your hard work, hence we urge for the mayor’s intervention.

We further submit to the mayor to terminate his contract with immediate effect, as he has failed to meet the stipulation of his contract, and failed to live to expectations and obligations of the contract, instead he chose to exploit, disrespect and undermine us,” Jaca said.

There are 117 workers who were not paid by Tom.

The workers have down tool for more than a month now, claiming a promise to settle the stalemate has not borne any fruits.

They are now pinning their hopes on the mayor

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