Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) will be marching to the National Department of Transport to demand that minister Fikile Mbalula must ensure that workers at Autopax are paid their salaries, immediately. Autopax is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).
In a joint statement released by the two Unions on Wednesday night, it said Workers at Autopax have routinely had their salaries delayed. Currently, they have been paid only a portion of their salary for September and nothing for October.
“The management of PRASA particularly the Group CEO Zolani Matthews is extremely arrogant. He has taken no responsibility for the shambolic state of the entity and he has no sympathy at all for the suffering that workers and their families are going through. This is the second time that workers are marching over non-payment of salaries.”
The Unions highlighted that two weeks ago the same memorandum should have been handed to the Matthews but this was not possible. “He arrogantly refused to sign it last time. It is quite angering that Matthews is so dismissive on such an important issue. This is a sign that he does not care and he has no interest in resolving the problem.”