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Toilet contract workers protest after not receiving salaries

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The contract workers claim they have not been paid for this month. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Rennaisence Skills Centre was appointed by the Sol Plaatje Municipality for the construction of toilet structures in Kutlwanong, Kagisho and Phomolong.

CONTRACT workers of the Rennaisence Skills Centre barricaded the R31 road near Phutanang with burning tyres in protest of unpaid salaries this week.

The workers complained that they receive their salaries late, and that management is never on site.

Rennaisence Skills Centre was appointed by the Sol Plaatje Municipality for the construction of toilet structures in Kutlwanong, Kagisho and Phomolong.

They threatened to loot the building material that is currently being stored at the company’s temporary structure in Phuthanang but were stopped by the police.

According to the police the workers vented their anger by burning tyres on the R31. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Police spokesperson, Captain Bashoabile Kale, said the protesters were stopped when the Public Order Police (POP) arrived and cleared the road to allow traffic to flow.

“The workers complained of not being paid their salaries and vented their anger by burning tyres on the R31 in an effort of getting the attention of the contractor.

“The protesters dispersed peacefully,” said Kale.

One of the workers who has been employed on contract for the past four months said the situation has remained the same regardless of whether they raised their concerns with the company.

The police and army monitered the situation. Picture: Danie van der Lith

He said they always get paid in the middle of the following month.

“We have still not received our salaries for August. The salaries for July were paid towards the end of August,” he said.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality indicated that it cannot get involved in the matter due to it being a labour issue.

Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, said the protesters are working for another company and not the municipality.

All attempts to get comment from the company were unsuccessful.

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