South Africans eye Mozambican company Textáfrica
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Around 50 Mozambican Post Office workers yesterday took strike action in protest at the delay in payment of salaries, holiday subsidies, and thirteenth-month salaries for 2017 and 2018.
The entrance of the Mozambican Post Office headquarters saw unusual numbers of people early today, but few of them wanted to post a letter.
The intention of the group of fifty or so workers was to claim last month’s salary. According to one worker, who did not wish to be identified, “the board of directors already received their salaries a week ago”.
“We do not understand why they are doing this. We have family and we need that money to pay the bills,” our source complained.
The workers – who almost paralysed productive activities at the company – said that there were many other problems with the public institution. First of all, a woman who appeared to be about 40 years old, recalled 2017, when “the workers did not receive the holiday subsidy”, adding that “the following year, some of the workers also did not receive this subsidy”.
Police were called to prevent any conflict or vandalism, but the protest went off peacefully. Asked to respond to the workers’ complaints, the Post Office of Mozambique promised to issue a statement, it being in consultations at the time.
Correios de Moçambique, E. P., is a public company with legal personality and administrative, financial and patrimonial autonomy, which carries out its activity under the aegis of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. It has been experiencing financial difficulties for several years.
By Cornélio MwituSource: O País
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