Tebogo Msimanga |
Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) in the aviation and in the bus passenger sector will be marching on Wednesday, 25th August at the offices of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) in Pretoria, to demand the immediate payment of outstanding Temporary Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) payments.
NUMSA National Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said their members in various companies have endured extreme suffering because of the incompetence of the (UIF) and its officials who are failing to manage the process of TERS payments properly.
“Thousands of workers and their families have had to endure the lockdown without getting regular TERS payments and the UIF is seemingly unable or unwilling to resolve the crisis.”
Hlubi- Majola added that it is a disgrace that the minister of employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi should continue to enjoy his salary and benefits, when workers who fall directly under this portfolio, have not been paid for months because of the failure of the UIF to pay TERS regularly and efficiently.
“This is money belongs to workers and it is owed to them. Workers contributed towards these funds so that during such an emergency, such as the covid-19 pandemic, they can get relief. We demand that every cent of TERS money which is owed to workers is paid immediately”.