Retrenched Supabets employees threaten shutdown
Recently retrenched Supabets workers have threatened to shutdown all gaming groups sites in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), should their payment demands not be met.
This comes after Supabets in Durban, forced workers to sign a letters of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) which employees refused to sign due to the an undisclosed amount of money which the workers are unhappy about.
On Friday, the management of Supabets were expected to address workers at Botha Park in Durban, but they failed to show up , leaving the workers stranded.
In a UIF letter that Iziko have seen, the gaming group instructed workers to sign letters in order to get paid. Supabets workers refused to sign, protesting that many of them had been in the employ of the company for over five years yet the money they were going to be paid did not equate to that.
The management of Supabets plan to pay the workers on or before 20 September 2021,
- R3 453.72, to cover one week for every completed year of service, backdated to 22 February 2017
- R1 897.88, is for the payment of accrued leave.
- Notice pay is R3 741.53. The total amount that will be paid by Supabets is R9 093.13 but
- loans/advances will be deducted from the final pay.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Labour Desk and EFF member, Manqoba Mazibuko said the matter had been brought to their attention, they had taken the decision to intervene.
“As Labour Desk, (we) are dealing with issues of unfair treatment, unfair payment and illegal retrenchments. So Supabets workers have listed their grievances and we have found errors from Supabets,” he said.
Mazibuko added that workers should have been served with a notice of retrenchment date or negotiations process with their union prior to retrenchment. However, Supabets management sent their supervisors and immediately thereafter a scuffle ensued, resulting in workers booing and chasing them.
Attempts to get a comment from Supabets supervisors were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Mazibuko has set the record straight that should Supabets ignore workers’ demands, they are prepared to embark on a protected strike, failing which they’d picket and shutdown all gaming group sites in KZN.