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newsTimesLIVE reports that an international call centre based in SA has drawn the ire of union federation Cosatu and the KwaZulu-Natal department of economic development, tourism and environmental affairs for allegedly forcing workers to continue working during the national lockdown and threatening pay cuts for those who refuse.  

On Monday, Cosatu and economic department officials met CCI South Africa representatives and employees before staff were evacuated from the company’s premises in Umhlanga.  Cosatu’s Edwin Mkhize indicated that because of the high volume of calls received from employees of the company since Friday, the federation paid a visit to the building.  He indicated:  "CCI has a history of exploiting workers.  First, we went through the building and none of the people there are essential workers.  They are not supposed to be at work."  Apparently, workers were only given masks and gloves and social distancing enforced once Cosatu officials arrived.  Mkhize also claimed that:  "Workers were told to come to work or take unpaid leave.  We have since established that the employer has deducted monies from salaries, in anticipation of workers taking leave before they can even get their salaries."  He demanded that money deducted from salaries be returned and that the unpaid compulsory leave be put to an end.  Mkhize added that the company should not be in operation and the workers should be paid for the 21 days of lockdown.  According to one employee they were told to lie to authorities and claim they worked at a network service provider that was given essential-service status.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Zimasa Matiwane and Lwandile Bhengu at TimesLIVE

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