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SolidarityEWN reports that with employees of Denel grappling with the news that the arms manufacturer cannot afford to pay salaries at the end of May, Solidarity has called for the current Covid-19 lockdown regulations to be terminated.  

The trade union noted on Wednesday that businesses such as Denel were not generating income due to the lockdown, leading to workers losing out on their salaries.  The struggling state-owned company said the Covid-19 crisis had had a devastating impact on its performance, with existing liquidity challenges being exacerbated.  Solidarity’s sector coordinator for defence and aviation, Helgard Cronje, said:  “There is no need to make a choice between work and health; all businesses can open their doors and allow workers to start working without compromising their health.  Many people are losing income, and companies and businesses are suffering huge losses with catastrophic consequences for the economy.”  He went on to observe:  “The current lockdown regulations exacerbate the financial plight of companies, loss of workers’ income, and contribute to a full-blown social crisis in South Africa.  Companies must be allowed to do business and workers must be allowed to work without having to compromise their health.”  Solidarity represents about a third of Denel’s 3,000 employees

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Theto Mahlakoana at EWN

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