Labour Court orders KZN security company to pay back R100 000 in unpaid wages

Durban - The Durban Labour Court has ordered a KwaZulu-Natal security company to pay back more than R100 000, plus interest in unpaid wages to its workers.

Gumede Protection and Cleaning CC was taken to the Labour Court by the department of labour following complaints from several of its workers who approached the department, alleging they were owed wages, overtime payments, annual leave and bonus payments.

The workers’ complaints were confirmed during a subsequent inspection by the department which found that the company had contravened the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

According to a statement from the KwaZulu-Natal labour department, when the company failed to pay its workers, the department had taken the matter to the Labour Court.

"The company was fined R4 500 and ordered to pay R119 248.16 to employees. The judge also ruled that Gumede Protection and Cleaning CC pay back the employees at an interest rate of 9% or latest interest rate per annum."

"If the company fails to comply with the court order, the department will petition the sheriff of the court to attach and sell the company’s assets to settle the claim," the department said. 

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