MATSETSA: Former Langa Bricks employees are demanding their money from the now defunct company after working for two months without pay before it closed in December 2016.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Almon Kunene one of the former employees at Langa Bricks said since the company closed down in 2016, its Director who is believed to be in South Africa is nowhere to be found.
“After having worked for over 2 months, the Director flew away,we had engaged in a strike action when he was still there but he didn't care and decided to close down ,we approached former Lugongolweni Member of Parliament(MP) J. Souza and the current MP Thethi Magongo for help but all our efforts were in vain",he said.
Reached for comments, Lugongolweni MP Thethi Magogo said he wasn't aware of the matter but only learnt about it in Parliament.
"I don't know anything about that story, and I only learnt about it in Parliament where MP Mduduzi Magagula was addressing it ,I cannot deny something that I know but I am not aware of this matter",said the Lugongolweni MP.
Dvokodvweni MP Mduduzi Magagula confirmed knowledge of the matter.
"Im aware of this matter, and they took it to the Ministry of Labour which promised to work on it. I tried my best effort to seek audience with the Director of that company only to find a liquidator. I will have to do something so that these people get compensated", he said.
Efforts to reach Phila Buthelezi, the Minister of Labour and Social Security proved unsuccessful at the time of compiling this report.
Wander Mkhonza the Secretary General of the Almagated Trade Unions of Swaziland (ATUSWA) blamed this on government.
"This problem started by the law that allows companies to fly by night. Employers should be made to pay a security fee so that the Labour Commissioner can be able to compensate their employees should the businesses fail",said the ATUSWA Secretary General.
Almon Kunene-former Langa bricks employee.