ANC Employees Say They Still Haven’t Been Paid

ANC employees staged a picket at the party's head office on Monday over long-standing grievances, including unpaid salaries. The staff members have now gone three months without receiving their salaries despite their efforts.

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Disgruntled employees of the African National Congress have said that the party is the worst employer. This comes after they were made to work for three months without receiving their salaries. 

They also claim that their UIF benefits have not been paid and continue to embark on a nationwide protest. 

This is despite a commitment by the party’s Treasurer General, Paul Mashatile, stating during election week that workers would receive their salaries.

The strike had temporarily been suspended to focus on the local government elections.  

Chairperson of the ANC staff representative committee Mvusi Mdala says that the party’s top officials have not given them any feedback since their last meeting on 7 October. 

He added that the commitments to which they had agreed to are yet to be honoured and their medical aid schemes have been suspended.

What we were demanding from them is a written commitment that can be enforced through processes of the labour act in the country, but that is not forthcoming.

He further states that the end of November will mark four months of employees not receiving their salaries including a provident fund that has not been paid since 2018. 

As it stands, staff morale has been low and Mdala says that they have grown frustrated with the ANC’s uncaring attitude towards this issue.

We prioritized elections while not getting paid and we worked to ensure that the party performed very well in the elections with the hope that they will meet us halfway with generosity, but there is still nothing coming from them

Labour Law Johnathan Goldberg says that the matter should have been sorted out months ago and that the fact that their deductions have not been paid to SARS is a legal offence.

The law is that you are obliged to up the deductions you make from employees. You can’t hold them illegally because that is a crime and secondly employees presenting themselves to work must be paid or else processes must be started to liquidate the organisation

Goldberg further states that an alternative option, in terms of legal recourse, would be to have high ranking members of the party contribute portions of their salaries to unpaid staff.

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