Short payments for EPWP workers explained

2019-02-05 06:20

The City of Cape Town has acknowledged miscommunication with its Expanded Public Works Programme following the recent protest by the workers over short pay. A group of 20 employees reportedly took to the streets after their overtime for the December holidays was not paid in on the morning of Monday 21 January. According to reports they littered the harbour, demanding that the City attend to their grievances.

Mayco member for water and waste services, Xanthea Limberg, says their grievances were immediately attended to.

She says the short payment affected 41 workers who come from the disadvantaged communities of Hout Bay including Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg. “To clarify, all other wages were paid. The City pays EPWP workers every fortnight. Overtime payments still due to the workers will be paid along with their next wages. The City met with workers and explained the way forward on Thursday 24 January. Any inconvenience caused is regretted.”

Limberg says the City has now taken it seriously that they should be addressing the subject of overtime payments with new EPWP programme inductees, “so they are aware of what to expect in future.”

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