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Agitation and misunderstanding characterised the scene in Matola yesterday when 140 suspended Matola Public Transport Company (ETM) workers gathered in front of the company’s headquarters to demand the payment of salary arrears.
The workers were suspended three months ago when the Matola Transport Company became unable to pay wages. At the time, the workers were promised that they would be contacted.
Faced with the carrier’s subsequent silence, without employment and with wages in arrears, the workers decided to claim their rights. They also claim that several months’ worth of social security contributions were not channelled to the National Institute of Social Security.
Managers tried to calm the mood, saying the company was looking for money to solve the situation of the suspended workers, but their explanations did not convince the crowd.
The company agrees that it is in crisis and is two months behind with salaries because of cuts in subsidies and the low fares charged by the company. Owing to lack of maintenance, a substantial part of the company’s bus fleet is out of action.
The company, which has cut its workforce by almost half over the last three years, says it is still looking for the money and will only then be able to decide on the future of the suspended workers.Source: O País