Protesters want jobs back

Written by Lentswe. Posted in Community

Lentswe, Alabama - A group of disgruntled contract workers who worked on a project at the reservoir in Ext 3 burned tyres and protested on Tuesday 16 January, claiming that they were unfairly dismissed.

The protesters contacted Lentswe accusing their employers of taking bribes for jobs and selling their jobs for a R1 000 to unemployed residents.

The Community Liaison officer, Trompie Miller denied the accusations saying that an agreement was made at the beginning of the 18 month contract that the first group of men would work 9 months (up until December) and that a second group would work the remaining 9 months starting in January.

Ward Cllr Steffard Barrends confirmed this saying that everyone was present at the meeting with the owner of the company and all agreed that in order to see more people benefit from the contract to divide the work in 9 month phases. “I understand that it is difficult to end a contract, but it is only fair to the second group of workers that they now get their turn to work.” Barrends denied that any money was paid for jobs.

The protesters acknowledge that they signed a retrenchment letter on 8 December, but that they were told they would be reinstated in January. They claim to have signed a reinstatement letter, but cannot produce it as proof as they did not receive a copy of it. At the time of going to press the protesters

were in a meeting with the CLO and leadership of the contracting company.