ANC employees picket over unpaid salaries

2021-Sep-07   06:27

ANC employees picket over unpaid salaries
Disgruntled ANC employees continuing to put pressure on the party to pay them outstanding salaries for the months of July and August.
Source: Silver Sibiya/Newsnote

- Silver Sibiya

Disgruntled ANC employees continuing to put pressure on the party to pay them outstanding salaries for the months of July and August.

Employees picketed outside the party's headquarters, Luthuli House, in Johannesburg on Monday and in other ANC offices across the country.

Newsnote spoke to one of the organisers of the picket, Zimasa Makata, who criticised ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he did not seem bothered by the party's financial problems.

“So we feel like the ANC, the leadership must at least give this particular issue the attention it deserves and not be arrogant in it as if they are having employees who are not revolutionary and want to collapse the organization. That is not true,” Makata said.

She said employees would like to return to work, but they have no means to do so.

“We’ve been in a position where we are unable to work. It’s not even a matter of saying we are putting tools down, we do not have the ability to work because we are not given the means to continue working," said Makata.

Some employees who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to speak to the media said their provident funds haven’t been paid for the past three years.

“I just feel like they are trying to get rid of some people who are earning slightly more than the middle class who came from the private sector like me,” one said.

ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member,  Dakota Legoete, said it is wrong that the party that fought for the liberation of people is now failing to protect its employee by failing to pay their salaries.

“The  ANC leadership has committed comrades that tomorrow in the evening there will be a meeting between yourselves through your representatives, the representative of our provident fund as well as the top six of the ANC to finalize when the organization is going to pay you once and for all,” Legoete said.

He said no one should feel intimidated for picketing.

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