Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) welcomed the decision which was handed down by the North Gauteng High court ordering Denel to pay NUMSA members all outstanding money that is owed to them. At least eight hundred NUMSA members at Denel dynamics, Denel Land Systems, Denel Pretoria Metal Pressing, Denel Aeronautics and Denel Vehicle Systems have not been paid their salaries in full from May 2020 to date.
NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim said sometimes employees get paid 50% or 20% or nothing at all, but they are still expected to go to work daily. “It is rumoured that Denel executives get their salaries in full every month. As NUMSA we have tried to get answers on this but the HR refuses to disclose whether the executive management are receiving their salaries.”
Jim added that they are pleased that the court heard the matter on an urgent basis on Wednesday the 10th of November.
“This is a victory for NUMSA members at Denel who have made many sacrifices to keep the entity going. They did so even though the executive management, the board as well as the minister of public enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, did not care enough about their suffering to ensure that they were paid their salaries.”
He further said they will follow up with Denel executive management this week to ensure that members receive all that is due to them.