Care workers were striking in front of the Social Development offices on Wednesday morning, while waiting for the outcome of their meeting, after they handed over a memorandum to the Department last week Thursday.
The strike came as a result of the implementation of the minimum wages which came into effect in January 2019 and that has now been absorbed into the system. They also demand that they be back paid from June 2018, whilst some care workers complained of not receiving their salaries on time. The workers pleaded with the department to deal harshly with NGO directors who are racist and ill-treating them.
Care workers complained of lacking proper uniform and walking long distances in the sun, Chief Director Melanie Kivedo committed herself to working with the delegated provincial organiser Thapelo Thole, to iron out issues concerning the uniform and protection gears. Kivedo explained that the reason behind the delay of payments is due to NGOs not submitting reports on time. Thapelo Thole encouraged the workers to take up membership of the Union in order to be part of the bargaining council.
The Department of Social development and the South Africa Liberated Public Workers Union will be meeting again on the 14th of May to elect a work committee that will consist of the Department of Social Development officials, care workers and directors of the NGOs.