Capricorn 'failing workers'

THE Congress of the People (Cope) in Limpopo is accusing the Capricorn district municipality of failing its workers by not implementing two memoranda of agreement.

Ike Kekana, Cope provincial spokesman, yesterday said the party was dismayed at the manner in which the district was failing its workers by refusing to implement a memorandum of agreement signed on February 27 2007 and another signed on September 5 2008.

Kekana said the memoranda related to the absorption of workers from the national departments of Water Affairs, Health and Social Development into the Capricorn district municipality.

"As a result the workers are denied benefits that were accumulated while they were still working for the various departments.

"In the case of the Department of Health, senior staff and ordinary workers are being denied their Occupation Specific Dispensation.

"The departments argue that the environmental health practitioners have been transferred to the district municipality and as such they cannot get their money and benefits.

"What is surprising is that their salaries are still being paid by the various departments and their salary payment details are unchanged," Kekana said.

"As a result, those who work for the municipality are adversely affected since they earn far less than their counterparts in the province."

Kekana said because the agreement was not implemented, workers from the department of water affairs did not enjoy benefits such as promotions and wage increases.

An employee from the Department of Health, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimisation, said most of the employees wanted to return to their old departments because of the non-implementation of the agreement.

Limpopo water affairs director Alson Matukane said his department had transferred workers' benefits on a quarterly basis as in terms of the 2007 agreement.

The Department of Health and Social Development was not available for comment at the time of going to print.

Capricorn municipal spokesman Moffat Senyatsi said the district was already busy investigating the matter.

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