“We’re not on strike” – Centlec workers

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Centlec workers bloked the entrance with cars and scattered rubbish. Photo: Seithati Semenokane

Centlec workers in the Metering and Revenue Protection Departments have closed the entrance gate to Centlec in Bloemfontein, using cars to block the road and scattering rubbish at the entrance of Centlec in Bloemfontein.

One of the workers, who wished to stay anonymous, says they have a list of grievances that they want the Chief Executive Officer, Andries Mgoqi, to address.

The situation outside Centlec offices in Bloemfontein/Photo: Seithati Semenokane
The situation outside Centlec offices in Bloemfontein/Photo: Seithati Semenokane

Centlec Communications Manager, Lele Mamatu, says they were not aware of the strike as they had not received any notice from the workers or their union. Mamatu says they held a meeting on Monday to discuss the issue with workers after they had blocked the gate. He says they have since told them that they need to deal with the matter through their labour unions and follow the correct labour law procedures before deciding to go on strike. Mamatu says they will now communicate with the workers through their labour unions.

 

Centlec disputes that workers are on strike/Photo: Seithati Semenokane
Centlec disputes that workers are on strike/Photo: Seithati Semenokane

Mamatu said: “As matters stand now, we have appealed to all the workers to return to work and allow the normal process of engagement between management and the unions to take place.”

The condition outside Centlec offices in Bloemfontein/Photo: Seithati Semenokane
The condition outside Centlec offices in Bloemfontein/Photo: Seithati Semenokane

Seithati Semenokane / Courant News