The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have promised mass action against South African companies should they not pay their employees UIF. The party has encouraged workers to contact them should they not be paid out.
EFF THREATEN COMPANIES OVER UIF PAYOUTS
The (EFF) held the 3rd Central Command Team (CCT) meeting of the 2nd National People’s Assembly from 23 to 25 October 2020 at the Birchwood Conference Centre to deliberate on important political and organisational matters. There, EFF leader Julius Malema, said many workers who were unfairly dismissed and whose UIF payments were delayed have benefitted from the work of the EFF Labour Desk.
The EFF Labour Desk has been established to intervene in all labour-related issues to protect the lives and dignity of workers.
“We call on all companies that have claimed the UIF for their employees to immediately pay workers what is due to them within the next 48 hours. The EFF will organise mass actions against all companies that have claimed the UIF from the State and still have not paid the workers,” said Malema.
“Workers must contact the EFF to alert us of companies that have not paid the UIF, and we will visit them. 2 Commissar Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi will assume the duty of Heading the Labour Desk and ensure that it remains robust and the first line of defence for vulnerable workers,” he added.
Malema said the EFF remains the only hope for the hopeless masses and the only weapon in the hands of the oppressed and exploited masses.
DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF FARMWORKERS
Apart from those not receiving UIF that is due to them, the EFF will also embark on a concerted programme to defend the rights of farmworkers.
“The EFF branches will visit and engage with farmworkers with the purpose of finding lasting solutions to their suffering and problems. We know that farmworkers continue to be mistreated and abused by their employers, and we call for an end to the abuse and mistreatment of farmworkers,” said Malema.
As part of the programme, the party will also table a draft resolution in Parliament proposing for an establishment of the commission of inquiry into the conditions and remuneration of farmworkers.
Malema also said the CCT appreciates the “courage and determination” of EFF Ground Forces and all Provincial Leaders who attended the programme in Senekal, Thabo Mofutsanyane Region in the Free State.
“The EFF programme in Senekal demonstrated that the EFF is the only solid, dependable and courageous revolutionary movement in South Africa,” added Malema.
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