Still no resolution to factory workers’ issues

2017-12-13 06:02


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STAFF at a bulk bag and webbing manufacturing factory in Mkhondeni said they are unhappy with their working conditions and are struggling to have their complaints addressed by management.

Their issues involve discrepancies in their pay and being paid a normal hourly rate even when working on a public holiday.

Other complaints are that they are uncertain about the number of annual leave days they are entitled to and that their weekly wages differ from each other even though they are on the same hourly rate and work the same number of hours.

They claim some of them have not been employed permanently even though they have worked at the factory for more than three months and that issues about contracts have not been discussed with them.

One of the workers, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation, said there is no transparency or communication between management and them.

Another worker, who asked that his name not be revealed, said all they are asking for is that their issues are addressed and sorted out by management.

Another factory worker said a meeting was called on Tuesday afterEcho asked company management about the issues raised by the workers.

The worker said at the meeting a representative of the management team read out the inquiry by Echoand said that those who had approached this newspaper were advised to reveal their identities or management would be forced to shut down the plant and dismiss all its employees.

The worker also said at the meeting a management representative offered compensation to any worker who reveals the identity of the workers who spoke to Echo.

At the time Echoreceived the complaints from the workers, a representative from a union in Pietermaritzburg was told about them.

However, at the time of going to press the representative told Echo he had not had sufficient time to meet with the workers and listen to their complaints.

The factory’s Gerrie van Zyl,

who received Echo’s inquiry, had not responded at the time of going to press.

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