anc wage strike

ANC wage strike: Cadres to down tools over late salaries

Andile Sicetsha - 10.06.2021

The ANC wage strike comes as a result of unanswered questions about missing PAYE and provident fund millions, and no clear-cut plan to honour its salary debts.

The ANC has, in an ironic twist of fate, found itself embroiled in a wage dispute with its staff and disgruntled members of the ruling party have scheduled a planned strike next week, over — wait for it — late salary payments.

ANC wage strike: Ruling party drowns in ‘cash flow challenges’

In a statement released on Wednesday, the ANC noted that its staff complement, at a general meeting held on Tuesday, has submitted a notice of “planned industrial action on Tuesday 15 June 2021.”

“Following repeated challenges of late salary payments, ANC staff will picket on 15 June at Luthuli House, and all provincial and regional ANC offices in protest,” the party wrote.

National spokesperson Pule Mabe revealed that the planned wage strike will, in all likelihood, be a national affair, as “the feeling of grievance around [the workers] conditions of employment has reached a critical point.”

“Elected ANC officials at all levels will be organised to receive staff memorandum,” Mabe concluded.

ANC in financial ruins — Here’s what we know

Were it not for the repeated lobs of emergency cash funnelled by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the ANC would have ceased to exist as a financially soluble institution.

In a recent Sunday Times report, the political organisation’s financial standing was laid bare and more than anything, the tale of the missing millions can be easily justified as the chief motive behind ANC staffers’ plan to embark on a nationwide shutdown.

According to the report, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has intercepted the ANC’s allocation funds received annually from the IEC.

This, it’s believed, is meant to settle the party’s ballooning PAYE debt that, based on recent tallies, stands at — at least — R80 million. Moreover, ANC staffers claim that while the party has, on a monthly basis, deducted provident fund contributions from their respective payslips, Luthuli House has not been able to account for the estimated R140 million collected in the past 28 months.

As things stand, employees of the party have been without salaries for weeks and without a clear resolution from the higher-ups, the last resort taken by its members is a public shaming event that will be broadcast on every news channel next week.