The cleaning and gardening staff received letters of precautionary suspension on Wednesday for “engaging in an unlawful strike and unauthorised absenteeism”.
According to the letter, which TimesLIVE has seen, the staff engaged in these two activities between May 27 and 31.
However, staff told TimesLIVE the letter did not reflect the true events.
Cleaner Lungi Sikhosana said staff took two hours after work on May 28 to deliver a memorandum.
“Our supervisor and manager can attest to this. I don’t know where they get the other four days from. We had sent e-mails with our grievances but we never received any response, so we gathered to deliver our memorandum directly. The next thing we were told that we were striking.”
She said their grievances revolved around medical aid and salary increments that were promised after five years.
“With the medical aid we were given, we don’t get medical assistance, we are told there are no funds in our [accounts].
“We are also paid in grades, so we were promised that we would be upgraded to a higher grade after five years, but they have not lived up to that.”