Question: My daughter works for a bookkeeping company in Rustenburg and due to the economic crunch has not been paid since the end of March. This is now the third month that she has not received her salary. She was told via an SMS to either stay at home or resign at te beginning of April, was then asked to go back to work and promised payment of her salary on the 4th May, did not happen. She was given R2000 two weeks ago and they still owe her R34000. She now has a bad credit record because she cannot pay her debt and she is too scared to go to the CCMA because she is scared of victimisation. She is the only outsider as this is a family business. Please could you give us some advise.
Answer: Firstly CCMA has no jurisdiction over non-payment of salary. All salary and remuneration matters are dealt with the Dept of Labour. At this stage, I don’t honestly believe that she should now keep quiet for fear of upsetting anybody. What’s right is right and I sure as hell would not remain silent if I am owed R34 000.00. I suggest she immediately contact the Dept of Labour and lay an official complaint of non-payment and short payment of salary. The Dept of Labour will then address the complaint with the employer and should her situation be valid, they will force the employer to reimburse all outstanding moneys and equally to pay her salary correctly moving forward. No employer wants, or needs, undue attention and investigations by Labour Inspectors.
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