‘…to­kens equate to bribery’

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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.

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