On Thursday, 3 December 2020, when state-owned weapons manufacturer Denel’s board of directors will appear to be held accountable for mismanagement because they did not honour all outstanding contractual and statutory obligations towards UASA’s members for the months of May, June and July 2020.
Denel was ordered to deduct and pay over any and all statutory and other contributions deductible in terms of UASA members’ contracts of employment, collective agreements and relevant legislation.
Denel has been in default for nine months of unpaid salaries and benefits to Denel employees.
This is the first time UASA is calling the board of directors of a state-owned entity to court to be held accountable for their actions or lack there off. It is an absolute scandal that the state, as the majority shareholder in Denel, is doing nothing to assist these workers. UASA had no choice but to stand up to protect the workers from this abuse.
We demand swift and immediate action against the Denel board for mismanagement and contempt of court and want to see urgent measures implemented whereby unpaid salaries will be rectified and backdated and an explanation be given as to why the Court’s instruction was ignored. While the Denel directors received full pay, UASA members and other workers employed by Denel were paid a meagre 9% (nine per cent) of their salaries over the past nine months.
Due to the poor management at Denel livelihoods are being lost while people are still employed. We are now approaching the festive season and many Denel workers won’t have any money to enjoy the December holidays with their families. In fact some of them lost their houses, cars and some even committed suicide.
UASA urges government to take responsibility and take action as a matter of urgency.
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