‘…tokens equate to bribery’
An employee who declined his token, said he could not take the money as it bordered along the lines of bribery.
“As a principled person, I could not accept this questionable gift seeing as I was paid for the work done. I earned my overtime and got my allowances, why would I accept more,” he asked.
He stated that the money touched on an integral part of the organisation which calls for employees to decline gifts, yet it turns around and allegedly bribes its own workers.
“Maybe if there was a set formula given how they came about to the decision that we get the two amounts, maybe my heart would have been at ease,” he said, adding that this would have a domino effect as employees would be susceptible to expecting gifts which are in fact bribes during the course of their normal duties.
“How did they come to the amounts? This startles me because even bonuses are calculated using your pay structure, so how did it come about that we got paid this amount, it doesn’t sit well with me; so no thank you.”
Looking at the fact that those who returned to work received less, but uniform amounts, he said it was boggling them as there were no proper formula revealed on how they came to the amount of tokens paid.
He said; “This precedent is not good for the image of the company where worker relations are concerned. Is it meant to discourage workers to go on a protected strike when they try to enforce their rights?”
He said it was further ill-advised to give such tokens as they were disputable in court.