Saturday, May 30, 2020

WUC industrial workers plan a go-slow

BY MPHO KELEBOGE

Some disgruntled employees of the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) classified as workers are finalising a plan to embark on a go-slow in the next coming few weeks.

The decision follows the corporation’s failure to increase their salaries for a multi task exercise which has been ongoing for the past 5 years.

Sunday Standard has been informed that the more than 400 disgruntled employees ÔÇô who are based in different sub-stations, were required to perform additional duties under the multi-tasking exercise. These include waterworks superintendents, Waterworks foremen, pipefitters, network attendants, plant attendants and labourers.

The attorney of the workers in question – Mothoothata Lesole said that the affected employees are currently performing some tasks which are not part of their job profiles.

Lesole said the workers have been forced by WUC to perform tasks such as water pumping, inspection of reservoirs, starting booster pimps for both clear and waste water, maintenance of houses and network operation.

It has also emerged that the confusion is as a result of a futile re-grading exercise in which Customer Care services foremen, who fall under the Water Utilities class of employees called waterworks foremen, job profiles were not upgraded.

Five years still struggling, the employees led by their lawyer says they will embark on a go slow while at the same time waiting for the court to listen to their grievances since Water corporation has turn down an order from Labour department which was in favour of the employees.  

In a letter dated 18 February 2019,signed by a certain Mr. Bobonong as the mediator from District Labour office,( District Commissioners Office) titled certificate of failure to settle a dispute in terms of section 7(18) of the trade dispute Act,2016,the parties are advised to approach the industrial court for hearing and determination.

The employees who are members of the National Amalgamated Local Central and Parastatal has opted to approach the High court instead of Industrial court as requested by the mediator arguing that High Court is faster than industrial court.

Meanwhile a writ of summons which is before Justice Michael Leburu, on the 1st February 2013, shows that Water Utilities took a decision within its establishment that some employees would be required to perform certain tasks which were not part of their job description in a process generally described as multi-tasking exercise which meant performance of additional duties.

The corporation engaged a job measurement consultancy called HAY to re-grade the new job profiles and determine the wage increase adjustments resulting from the exercise.

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