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2019-06-04 06:00
NEHAWU provincial secretary Eric Kweleta says the workers will not return to work until they get their R10 000 performance bonuses.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

NEHAWU provincial secretary Eric Kweleta says the workers will not return to work until they get their R10 000 performance bonuses.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

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Hundreds of workers embarked on a strike at the Afrocentric Medscheme at The Boulevard office park in Woodstock on Thursday 30 May.

The workers were demanding the company pay them R 10 000 each as part of their performance bonuses that has been due since last year.

They say the company said they cannot afford to pay them that much as there are no funds available.

“Instead, they (management) offered the over 3 500 workers to share R 4 million among themselves, that is not enough at all. We will not have any of that,” the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union provincial secretary Eric Kweleta said.

He said there was evidence that senior management of the company got their bonuses last year, but claim there were no funds given to them.

“There is existing evidence that senior managers got their bonuses last year, but there are no funds for the workers?”

He said they demanded they get paid their bonuses.

“We will continue to strike every day until our demand is met.”

Kweleta also claimed that their employers only care about the profit the company makes and not their workers.

Full-time shop steward Busiswa Kibido said the workers were not interested in playing a game of hide-and-seek with their employers.

“After intense negotiations, the workers were offered an extra R 10.7 million to share among themselves. Even that is still very little. There are no negotiations that need to be done, all we want is the R 10 000 each. That is not much to ask, is it?”

Attempts to contact Afrocentric Medscheme failed.

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