Mi­grant worker’s pay fight mars hol­i­day

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - ROLAND MPOFU [email protected]

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.

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