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<p><strong>By Jonk WA Mashamba</strong><br />
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>HUNDREDS of WBHO workers who are involved in a construction of Watt road and bridge near Pan Africa, are threatening to protest after the company failed to pay them their salaries. The workers, mostly from Alexandra, accuse the company of taking advantage of the poor and the desperate during this difficult period of the lockdown. They say the multi billion rand company has refused to pay their local temporary employees, only paying their permanent workers. “Under these circumstances of the lockdown workers are desperate because we need to be able to sustain ourselves and our families. We cannot rely on food parcels and relief grants, which we don’t know when they will come, whereas we were working and the company doesn’t pay us,” said Lazarus Lefika.</p>

<p>Lefika said workers tried their utmost best to contact the company (WBHO) and JDA, which is the contracting Agency at the City of Johannesburg. “They made it clear that local employees of Alexandra won’t be paid. We tried to claim from the UIF but the system rejects us and we don’t know the reasons. No one is telling us anything, and management being led by Daniel Kwele, Peter Dittberner and CLO Silas Herman’s have been pushing us from pillar to post.”</p>

<p>“They are violating lockdown regulations that were made by the President,” added Archie Hlongwa also a worker. The workers said they were supposed to be paid on the 24th of April, but it was in vain, and they then gave them until Tuesday 28th April to ensure their monies are paid. “Failure to pay we will be embarking on a protest and take legal actions against the company,” Nthabiseng Dikobe of workers forum said. Site Manager, Daniel Kwele said: “The workers on Watt Street Interchange JV (company name) embarked on an illegal strike which their union (BCAWU) advised them against. Lazarus Lefika, days prior to embarking on this illegal strike, was advised on the principle of ‘No Work No Pay’.”</p>

<p>Kwele said the strike started on the 17th March 2020, the day when their new wage ticket was to commence. “Those employees that distanced themselves amid threats from Mr Lefika opted to report for duty and were remunerated accordingly. We have therefore acted in accordance with the Labour Law as Lazarus and others are deemed to be on an illegal strike. “We have therefore fulfilled our obligations as an employer and have no further outstanding issues.”</p>
Construction Employees Cry Foul Over Pay

By Jonk WA Mashamba
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za

HUNDREDS of WBHO workers who are involved in a construction of Watt road and bridge near Pan Africa, are threatening to protest after the company failed to pay them their salaries. The workers, mostly from Alexandra, accuse the company of taking advantage of the poor and the desperate during this difficult period of the lockdown. They say the multi billion rand company has refused to pay their local temporary employees, only paying their permanent workers. “Under these circumstances of the lockdown workers are desperate because we need to be able to sustain ourselves and our families. We cannot rely on food parcels and relief grants, which we don’t know when they will come, whereas we were working and the company doesn’t pay us,” said Lazarus Lefika.

Lefika said workers tried their utmost best to contact the company (WBHO) and JDA, which is the contracting Agency at the City of Johannesburg. “They made it clear that local employees of Alexandra won’t be paid. We tried to claim from the UIF but the system rejects us and we don’t know the reasons. No one is telling us anything, and management being led by Daniel Kwele, Peter Dittberner and CLO Silas Herman’s have been pushing us from pillar to post.”

“They are violating lockdown regulations that were made by the President,” added Archie Hlongwa also a worker. The workers said they were supposed to be paid on the 24th of April, but it was in vain, and they then gave them until Tuesday 28th April to ensure their monies are paid. “Failure to pay we will be embarking on a protest and take legal actions against the company,” Nthabiseng Dikobe of workers forum said. Site Manager, Daniel Kwele said: “The workers on Watt Street Interchange JV (company name) embarked on an illegal strike which their union (BCAWU) advised them against. Lazarus Lefika, days prior to embarking on this illegal strike, was advised on the principle of ‘No Work No Pay’.”

Kwele said the strike started on the 17th March 2020, the day when their new wage ticket was to commence. “Those employees that distanced themselves amid threats from Mr Lefika opted to report for duty and were remunerated accordingly. We have therefore acted in accordance with the Labour Law as Lazarus and others are deemed to be on an illegal strike. “We have therefore fulfilled our obligations as an employer and have no further outstanding issues.”

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