SRA’S E2M FOR MANAGERS
Tokens of E10 000 each allegedly paid out to about 100 managers Juniors get E5 000 each
The f our- week st ri ke by S wazil a nd Revenue Authority employees has paid dividends for those who did not part take in the protest which saw some services grounded.
Tokens of E10 000 were allegedly paid out this past week to nearly 100 managers whereas the amount for directors could not be ascertained.
This is according to well-placed sources who preferred anonymity seeing as SRA management and the workers’ representative Swaziland Revenue Authority Workers’ Union reached an agreement to cease talking through the media when the strike was terminated, January 12.
The employees who revealed this, said they were sure the amount reached over E2million seeing as there were about 96 managers, accounting for over E1million, and considering that the directors allegedly got paid more.
Junior staffers who did not take part in the strike, especially those who are not unionised, such as those from the human resources department, information technology as well as payroll departments, were said to have been paid E5 000 each.
“We are not sure how much was received by those who abandoned the strike, but we know they received something as they were all talking a bout it in hushed t ones on Wednesday through Thursday as soon as these amounts reflected in their accounts,” the source alleged.
Of note, even though there are over 400 unionised SRA employees, some of these did not take part and some abandoned the strike before it ended.
The protracted strike took place from December 10 after junior workers called for an additional 6.5 per cent increase to their salaries whereas they had received 6.8 per cent cost- of- living adjustment approved by SCOPE to all Category A parastatals. What started as a goslow and lunch- time picketing, turned into a full-force strike which saw over 400 workers down tools and protest at different work sta- tions.
This resulted in a lock-out which saw workers then converge at different venues while awaiting their employer to relent and pay them the demanded increase.
The lock-out was partially lifted December 27 to the next day, which was to enable workers who wanted to return to work to inform their managers of their decision.
Some e mployees r e portedly returned to work resulting in a war of words from their President, Tremendous Dlamini, who labelled them as those who betrayed their cause.
The exact numbers of those who returned was disputed as the union claimed 12 against SRA’s 22.
Another lifting of the lockout was announced for January 15 and workers were called to attend a meeting on the Saturday before the deadline.
Before the union could hold a meeting with employees to ascertain whether the strike would continue, union representatives as well as management were called by Minister of Labour and Social Security Winnie Magagula to her offices January 12.
First to meet the minister were union leaders, who were closely followed by management. Despite confirming the meeting with the minister on t he day, SRAWU Secretary General Moses Masilela would later retract all his comments concerning employees complaining that the E1billion which was said to have been collected by workers who were not part of the strike, was due to their efforts as well.
He had been called while management met with the minister.
In the evening of the same day, both management and union revealed their about turn concerning trashing their differences in public, through the media.
During the subsequent private meeting between union leaders and striking workers; which the Sunday Observer was able to attend January 13; workers resolved to return to work January 16, as opposed to the Monday which was the cut-off date communicated to them by the employer.
Some of the SRA workers during their recent strike.