Employees of Limpopo Gambling Board (LGB) that are members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), since last Wednesday staged lunch hour protest outside LGB’s offices in Hans van Rensburg Sreet to draw attention to their dissatisfaction with salary issues.
Last Thursday and Friday the picketers took the streets to the offices of the Department of Labour. Permission for the actions was duly obtained from the authorities, limiting the number of participants to 15.
On Monday the picketing at the LGB offices continued and the Police was called to deal with the matter because no permission was obtained for the gathering and the number of participants exceeded 15.
When the Police arrived on the scene, Kedibone Malatji, Regional Organiser of Nehawu and Limpopo Gambling Board Shop Stewards Leonard Ratshilumela and Mmutla Malothane engaged with the Police and the crowd dispersed and returned to their offices.
A joint statement issued by Malothane and Ratshilumela on Monday informed that the reason for the dissatisfaction was that a 13th cheque was paid to staff on senior and lower management levels since 2012, excluding junior personnel. The junior staff members now demand a salary increase of 8,33% to compensate for the loss of bonuses. The union during April 2015 requested management to process the increases, but to no avail.
Madikgomo Mathabatha, acting Chief Executive Officer of LGB, said that there is no justification for the picketing by the employees. “Management was not paid a 13th cheque.
The Board is due to consider a report compiled by an independent service provider on the job evaluation and salary benchmarking of the LGB. The report was duly commissioned by the Board and the issue is intended to be addressed in a special board meeting.
Therefore, until such matter is considered and a proper decision is taken, the picketing action is without basis,” Mathabatha explained.
Story: BARRY VILJOEN
Featured photo: Limpopo Gambling Board employees picket at the entrance to their offices in Hans van Rensburg Street.