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Cape Town - Two of 26 parking marshals arrested for intimidation during a strike appeared in court on Wednesday, and one was released on bail of R300.
The other marshals remained in custody and will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
On Wednesday Francois Mutombe was released on R300 bail in the same court while Lucie Kaj remained in custody for investigators to verify her residential address.
Sarah Hubbard, a legal adviser to the striking workers, told them to go back to work.
“The employer has ignored the call that workers have been making. The issue of their employment rights by un-authorised deductions from wages, failure to provide wage slips, failure to pay legal holidays and maternity pay has not been dealt with,” she told the Cape Times.
“The employment contract seems to be fine but the implementation of it is a problem. The workers want their money as stipulated in their previous contract. Instead of fixing the problem the employer focuses on legal action against his workers,” she said.
Street Parking Solutions (SPS) owner Zunade Loghdey did not respond to calls, e-mails or text messages.
The Cape Times was sent a copy of Loghdey’s text message to workers on Tuesday which read: “SPS Parking Marshal Latest News: 30 strikers in jail. Report for work today 7am. No more problems.”
The strike, now in it’s second week, continues on Thursday.
Striker Jacob Tshiduba said: “We are treated like animals. If our (employee) identity cards are not showing our face we get fined R100. If your shoelaces are not tied that is another fine. It is impossible to work like that. Loghdey hired private security guards to escort him and the manager, but claims there is no money to pay us.”
A worker who did not want to be named said his daily target of R850 was too high. The worker has 21 parking bays in Darling Street.
“I can only reach my daily target on busy days like Fridays and Wednesdays, when there are many cars in the city. But some people refuse to pay for parking and although we call the traffic cops we still lose out on money,” he said vowing to continue to strike.
About 120 workers went on a protected strike on October 14 demanding SPS pay them 23.5 percent commission on parking fees they collected daily. They marshals claim the commission was stipulated in their contracts in 2009.
Loghdey previously told the Cape Times some workers were “disillusioned” by the 23.5 percent profit share which fell away when workers were given new contracts in late 2009.