Migrant worker’s pay fight mars holiday
WHILE most migrant workers looked forward to spending the festive season with their families, one employee lamented not being able to make the journey home because his employer refused to pay him his salary.
Alfred Dube from Zimbabwe said he couldn’t spend Christmas with his 1-year-old daughter because he had not been paid for more than three months. “I was looking forward to buying clothes, groceries and toys for my child, but now all that is no longer possible because this lady (employer) is refusing to pay my salary,” said Dube, whose wife is also unemployed.
“We have now moved from the R800-a-month room we were renting to a R250 mkhukhu (shack). We are being assisted by relatives with money for food.”
Dube was employed as a security guard in a private student residence in Randburg in April for R3 000 a month.
He decided to quit in November after he was not paid for three months.
“She owes me R9 000. She says she will pay me when she gets money.”
When The Sunday Independent contacted his former employer, Rosemary Moetsane Diaho, for comment, she requested a meeting between her and Dube.
At the meeting Diaho started yelling at Dube. “Will this newspaper pay you your money? Why did you go to the newspaper? Let them pay you.”
In an earlier email to the paper, Diaho had said she was aware that the Labour Relations Act protected workers. “My employees will be paid next week (this week),” it read.
Dube said he would take the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.