Row over performance bonus pay

MORE than 100 workers at Van Velden Hospital inTzaneen who were overpaid performance bonuses last month will have deductions from their salaries to pay for 31 other workers who were not paid.

MORE than 100 workers at Van Velden Hospital inTzaneen who were overpaid performance bonuses last month will have deductions from their salaries to pay for 31 other workers who were not paid.

They were informed in a letter they all received last week.

The workers were given seven days to respond to the letter or else the deductions would go ahead this month-end.

The decision came after workers at the institution last month protested, demanding that management also pay 31 workers performance bonuses.

The workers were left out when 103 others were paid more than a month ago.

Now members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union are threatening to embark on a full-blown strike which might halt services at the hospital.

The strike would take place only after the management goes ahead with the deductions.

The management remained adamant that the only way to get money to pay the 31 workers would be by deducting from the workers who were over-paid.

Nehawu spokesperson at the hospital, Mavokweni Manyike, said there was no way the management would be allowed to deduct their monies, but should rectify their mistakes in other ways.

"The management should devise other means on how they will raise the money to pay the workers' outstanding bonuses," Manyike said.

Trouble at the hospital started last month after management paid themselves high bonuses, while general workers were not considered for rises.

Manyike said the issue had reduced the morale of the workers, and it had been difficult for them to continue to execute their duties and they did not know when they would get paid their bonuses.

Attempts to get comment from the management were unsuccessful yesterday as phones were not answered.

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