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It has been seven years since the pension funds of employees of Window World, a welding firm in Roodepoort on the West Rand, were last updated.
And now that its owner plans to sell the company, the future looks bleak for the eight workers, who say problems began in 1999 when Gerry Linders bought the business, then known as Princess Steel.
Phillip Bakgwatha, a worker, said that since Linders took over he had been deducting money from their salaries and paying it into their pension funds.
"We earn about R640 every two weeks and from that he takes R40 for our pension and the one percent for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)." But the money did not go into the pension or unemployment fund. Bakgwatha said when they asked to see how much they had in their pensions they were told by the UIF that Linders had not made any payments on their behalf and that the company had not been registered with the UIF since 1999.
But Linders is adamant he had done so. "There is absolutely no bloody truth in that," he says.
The staff at Window World also say they have written to the bargaining council, the Department of Labour and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.