Panicked employees from across Nelson Mandela Bay have been flocking to The Herald offices — afraid they will not be able to sustain themselves after being forced to take unpaid leave during the shutdown.
Workers at Goodyear Tyre SA and Formex Industries protested outside their offices on Thursday and Wednesday respectively.
Dozens of workers from nine other companies have also voiced concerns.
A worker who did not want to be named said Goodyear employees had been told they would not be paid for the duration of the lockdown.
“By doing this, they are undermining what the government has said in that companies must pay their workers and claim back from the unemployment insurance fund,” the worker said.
Another Goodyear worker said it seemed as if the company did not care about its staff.
“Some of us are coming from the night shift and we’re going to leave here not knowing what’s happening.
“We are frustrated because our wives are asking us what’s going to happen and honestly we don’t know,” the person said.
A third Goodyear employee said management had promised to respond to their queries by 2pm on Wednesday but, until 9am yesterday. nothing had been communicated with them.
The three-week lockdown which took effect at midnight yesterday means businesses that are not deemed essential are closed.
The containment measures are expected to have a crippling effect on an economy already hamstrung by slow growth and an unreliable power supply.
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