Firm says a disciplinary inquiry was held and that staff admitted to creating false claims
About 30 members of the South African Federation of Commerce Unions (SAFTU) protested outdoors Volkswagen South Africa’s predominant plant in Uitenhage on Wednesday morning.
The protest – along side the South African Communist Celebration (SACP), EFF, Meeting of Unemployed and Makukhanye Rural Motion – was to demand that 14 store stewards, fired on 29 December, be reinstated.
The store stewards had been fired after staff downed instruments due to a dispute over Covid-19 security in July. Staff had mentioned they didn’t really feel secure on the manufacturing line.
Volkswagen insisted it had met all security necessities.
Siphiwo Ndunyana, provincial govt member of SAFTU, shouted in the course of the protest: “We lose jobs on daily basis. They’re including to the poverty that already exists.”
“If it signifies that each week we should be right here, we will probably be right here.”
Busiswa Stokwe, district govt member of the SACP, mentioned, “We’re very shocked that Volkswagen SA would take such a place by dismissing leaders of the employees in a office … Volkswagen SA has positioned itself within the media as a progressive employer, as a progressive stakeholder in aiding the federal government of the Japanese Cape, in ensuring that they had been even availing the sphere hospital.”
Volkswagen spokesperson Andile Dlamini mentioned store stewards had admitted in the course of the disciplinary enquiry that claims remodeled security had been false.
“Volkswage SA’s Covid-19 Well being and Security Protocols meet and exceed the South African authorized necessities and in addition adjust to Volkswagen Group Covid-19 office well being and security requirements,” mentioned Dlamini.
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