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‘Dept has failed us’

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The workers further complained that they do not have a fixed pay day and that they have to fight to receive their pay most of the time

SECURITY personnel at Jack Cliffy Security Company have accused the Northern Cape Department of Labour of failing to address their labour issues after they turned to them for intervention.

The security personnel, some of whom have been working for the company for more than two years, are demanding to know where their UIF deductions have been going to as they are continuously being told that they are not on the department’s database.

Some of the employees showed the DFA proof of UIF deductions being made from their salaries, but the department claims not to know about them.

The company, which employs security personnel to guard several government departments around the Province, has apparently been operating since 2017.

The workers have also complained about unfair treatment and claim that the employer threatens to liquidate the company whenever they become vocal about their grievances.

The workers claim that they don’t get to go on leave and don’t get leave pay.

They also say that the company does not provide any maternity benefits and no public holiday payment.

The workers further complained that they do not have a fixed pay day and that they have to fight to receive their pay most of the time.

The workers also accused their employer of imposing a union on them without them filling in any membership forms.

Several attempts to get a response on the issue from the provincial Department of Labour were unsuccessful.

An official from the department did, however, later contact the workers to inform them that they are now registered for UIF.

Now the workers are demanding to engage with the relevant parties to get answers regarding the remaining benefits that they say they have been losing out on.

“The official who has been dealing with our case told us that the company needs to be penalised for this. She promised us that she has called a meeting with the representatives of the company. While we were waiting for the outcomes of the meeting, she told us to open a case at the Labour Centre,” said one of the workers.

Efforts to get comment from Jack Cliffy Security Company were unsuccessful as the company did not respond to media enquiries.