UASA Media Release: 3 December 2021
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
UASA has taken another stance in its fight with state-owned company Denel over the issue of non-payment of full salaries to UASA members employed by the entity by laying a formal complaint against Denel to Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
UASA has numerously approached the Labour Court to intervene on the issue and obligate Denel Executive Management for salary payments with no luck. Following several ignored submissions that were made by UASA to the local Denel forum and court orders compelling Denel to pay outstanding salaries, UASA had no choice but to approach the public protector.
The most disappointing deed is that government who is the sole shareholder of Denel is not willing to assist the affected workers since the recent R2.9 billion that was granted to Denel is for secured debt only not for salary payments.
UASA’s main request is that the Public Protector must investigate any form of maladministration and recommendation on how to avert the total collapse of Denel and its divisions.
The non-payment of salaries has led employees, who are members of UASA to approach medical practitioners to obtain medication such as antidepressants. Some employees had to visit psychologists to save them from committing suicide as the financial burden became unbearable. Nevertheless, the entity continues to show no interest in the well-being of their employees, perhaps it is because they do not feel the pain and value our members as their most valuable asset.
UASA will continue to fight for the rights of our members until Denel pays what is due to them. This is a matter of urgency. We hope that the Public Protector will take this matter into serious consideration. Our members must get paid what is due to them and stop suffering at the hands of their employer.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .