Staff picket, beachfront burger outlet closed

2016-03-31 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede The notice on the Wimpy window.

PHOTO: precious gumede The notice on the Wimpy window.

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WIMPY Margate beachfront has closed half way through the Easter holidays and staff have been picketing outside the outlet demanding their employer listens to their grievances.

The franchise owner has allegedly been accused of not providing change rooms for the staff, an increase in wages and of not having respect for his staff.

Wimpy staff representative Teddy Trudi Mzobe said they are not happy.

“We are not happy with the conditions in which we work. Our boss fails to listen to our complaints. I have been working for Wimpy for over 10 years and I am still a casual worker. When we tell him we need a wage increase he ignores us and says we can’t tell him what to do.”

Mzobe said they do not have a change room and when they ask him to build one he says they should use the beach toilets.

“He tells us to use the beach toilets as a change room and sometimes we just change outside the shop.”

The staff belong to a union and have approached it and CCMA in this regard, however, the employer has failed to meet or come to an agreement with them.

A sign on the Wimpy window, believed to have been put up by the owner, reads:

“Wimpy Margate Beach is closed until further notice due to staff strike action.

“The reasons for the strike action are as follows:

• The discontinued use of the changing room,

• The non-existence of the annual 13th cheque bonus.

We regret the action by the staff and wish to extend an apology to our holidaymakers and local customers who have been inconvenienced.”

Fever tried to contact the franchise owner for comment, but unsuccessfully.

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