protestDaily News reports that Suncoast Casino employees downed tools six weeks ago, saying they would continue with their action until their employer responded to their concerns.  

On Friday, they started picketing, after having received picketing rules from the CCMA and approval to picket.  On Tuesday, Future of South African Workers Union (Fosawu) national organiser Bigboy Motha explained that the workers had only started picketing on Friday because they had been waiting for the CCMA to give them picketing rules, without which the law did not allow pickets to take place.  A group of Suncoast Casino employees vowed to continue to gather outside the casino until their demands for payment of their 13th cheques and payment of contributions to their retirement fund by their employer as stipulated in their contracts, were met.  One employee claimed they were guaranteed 13th cheques and payment of a 7.5% contribution by the company to their pension fund.  However, the company apparently altered their contracts and simply alerted them of that via a text message without prior engagements.  According to Motha, Suncoast was taking advantage of the pandemic by changing contracts and not engaging with the union, especially since Fosawu was the majority union at the casino.  Motha, the convenor of the picket, was one of seven people who were taken in by police on Monday during the picket.  They were later released on a warning and no case was opened.  Motha questioned why picketers were being arrested.  He reported that without an explanation he was loaded into a police van along with two women and four men and taken away.


Get other news reports at the SA Labour News home page