Sun City, union tiff over dismissed workers
by LERATO MMUTLE
MAFIKENGA – SUN International, owners of the South Africa’s globally-acclaimed entertainment resort, Sun City, has been accused of racsim and unfair labour practices.
This follows the dismissal of more than 200 Sun City black employees for
allegedly stealing from the company.
Irked by the move, federation Congress of SA Trades Union (COSATU) is
considering to stage protests at the resort centre demanding the
re-instatement of the expelled workers.
COSATU Secretary for Moses Kotane branch, Madito wa ga Molebalwa, said the union was unhappy with the treament of the workers.
“It is clear that Sun City and Sun International and its lily-white
management are turning this country into a Banana Republic as they clearly refuse to observe and abide by the Labour Laws of this country and no one seems to be prepared to act on that.
“The management of Sun City and Sun International with their trillions must now feel the heat as COSATU Moses Kotane is more than ready to take the battle to them as they are totally not prepared to change,” Molebalwa said.
He said more than 200 workers were surprised at the expulsion.
Molebalwa called on government to intervene.
“Workers should never be exposed to such inhumanity and unwarranted
treatment by the management. We call on the Department of Labour, South
African Human Rights Commission, Department of Justice to give us all
reports of cases reported to them on all issues of racism since 2009 to
date,” he said.
COSATU also accused the resort centre of issuing top positions to foreign
nationals without working documents.
Contacted for comment, an official, who requested anonymity said the
matter was “delicate.”
The official accused workers of theft.
“Cases of theft are happening here, but the problem is that the culprits
boast that they belong to the ruling party – ANC and labour unions arguing that nothing will hppen against them.
“They steal steal like possessed people but it is funny they demand full
salaries at the end of the month,” the source told MetroSA News.
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