tshwane thumb100 Sowetan reports that being paid just R411,48 as their March salaries marked the final straw for bricklayers building the City of Tshwane’s new R2-billion headquarters.  

Close to 200 contract workers constructing Tshwane House in central Pretoria downed tools on Thursday, and continued their strike action on Friday.  They vowed to shut down operations at the site until Tsela Tshweu, a construction joint venture led by Group Five, met their demands.  Construction started last year and the City of Tshwane hopes to move into the building in December this year.  Topping the workers’ list of demands is timeous payment and the immediate payment of all outstanding salaries.  They are also demanding workers’ employment contracts, double pay for work on holidays and Sundays, immediate removal of labour brokers and the reinstatement of ‘unfairly’ dismissed colleagues.  But it was taking home inexplicably cut monthly salaries that drove the labourers to the edge.  The March pay slips of some reflect R411,48, while they usually take home about R3,000 monthly.  Group Five denied the workers were striking against Tsela Tshweu and claimed they were employees of sub-contractor Lebone Construction.  But, Lebone said they stopped sub-contracting at the site two weeks ago.

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