EVEN though the National Lottery Commission (NLC) prides itself on changing the lives of people their employees are left out in the cold.
“Whose lives are you changing,” and “I’m upset 7% is disrespectful,” were some of the placards held by NLC employees affiliated to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) who demonstrated outside the organisations offices in Hatfield this afternoon.
The union representatives said although the NLC prided itself on being able to announce a clean audit, workers who ensured that was achieved were being left out in the cold.
Sello Nqcina, Nehawu chairperson of the NLC branch, said salary negotiations between them and the employer had deadlocked as they did not want to budge or consider alternative increases offered.
Nqcina said they had even gone as far as initiating for those earning higher salaries to get cut downs in order to supplement employees on the smaller scale.
“They can’t be changing the lives of others and not the lives of their own employees.”
Another representative who requested anonymity, said the organisation had even gone as far as undermining the work of the unions in place by approaching workers individually and offering to pay them immediately if they accepted the 7% increase instead.
Furthermore he alleged the organisation was coercing workers to rescind their membership with the unions.
“When you accept the order they immediately implement a 7% increase and we are suffering a lot as they are trying to divide and weaken our support base,” he added.