BMW workers have been on strike against their incentives being taken away and unfair treatment.The workers started striking at the company’s offices in Rosslyn, Tshwane, on Friday 15 January and continued on Tuesday, 19 January. Workers didn’t want to be named and referred the SunTeam to Numsa officials. But they said they would not return to work until their incentives were paid and a manager who allegedly swore at a worker on Friday was dismissed.
Another worker said on Thursday, 14 January the company announced their incentives were being cut by 25%. He said they usually received 50% of their bonus in December and the rest in January. “We were paid the normal amount in December but this month, we only got 25%.
“The company never informed us they were planning to cut our incentive money,” he said.
The workers said they wanted the human resources general manager dismissed. “We want him gone because he threatens workers and he swore at one of us on Friday,” said a worker. Workers said their management said they’d only talk to Numsa if they went back to work.
Workers said they also wanted benefits, transport allowances and salary increases.
They said they had been working hard and the company was reaching its targets.
Numsa national spokeswoman Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said: “We are unable to comment at this time.” BMW Group, South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa General Manager: Group Communications, Diederik Reitsma, said the employees’ strike was illegal to start with.“We have received a notice to strike on an internal matter last Friday evening. On Sunday we were successful in court to obtain an order interdicting the strike.
“The current strike is illegal, and the Numsa members are in contempt of court. We are engaging with our workforce on the matter.“In the midst of the global crisis we’ve paid out bonuses, which are not fixed remunerations, in line with our forecasted company performance. “The final bonus payout will then be rebalanced against the advanced payments.“The final bonus payout will then be rebalanced against the advanced payments.
“As a result, associates are requested to report to the plant tomorrow to first receive union feedback. Afterwards, we are hopeful to resume production,” said Reitsma.
(source: Daily Sun)