By Kaya 959 Reporter
Staff at ANC offices around the country are downing tools over a range of grievances including ongoing challenges around late salary payments.
“This is due to the hard-line attitude taken by management to continuously disregard concerns raised by staff members during a nationwide picket held in June this year,” said Mvusi Mdala, on behalf of the ANC’s Staff Representative Committee.
The SRC said management made numerous undertakings, both verbally and in writing, to address some of the staff’s demands by the end of August 2021.
“However the appalling conditions of employment continue unabated,” Mdala said.
Staff are demanding that national political leaders intervene and deal with staff issues urgently.
They also want employees who have been with the ANC for more than 18 months to be permanently employed and for outstanding salaries for July and August to be paid.
Mdala said they also want contributions owed to provident funds and UIF to be paid immediately.
“We are unfortunately forced to take action against this glorious movement of Oliver Tambo at the time when the movement politically is faced with numerous challenges.
“TheSouth African economy is experiencing an economic crisis manifested in the collapse of the rate in investment, economic growth, as well as the further deterioration of the standard of living of the majority of South Africans. This unfortunate situation has not spared us the workers of the ANC,” Mdala said.
Cost of living on the rise
Mdala said the increase of petrol, electricity and basic needs is affecting staff and their families.
“We have tried to sustain this situation but it is not sustainable anymore. It is totally unacceptable that we have been made scapegoats for the organisation’s financial mismanagement,” he said.
He called on all fellow staff to rally behind their cause.
ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe, confirmed that they have received a letter from staff and that all ANC offices will be closed
“The ANC management will continue to engage with staff representatives on their grievances, with a view to find a solution, so that we can resume normal operations,” he said.