- The Economic Freedom Fighters recently vowed to take action against companies that have withheld UIF funding from employees
- Keeping with that promise, Julius Malema and other Red Beret officials arrived at Pharmacy Direct to take on the company's management
- This comes after the employees were issued an ultimatum that they should either accept they wouldn't be paid, or leave
The Economic Freedom Fighters flocked to Pharmacy Direct on Wednesday after a video clip of a confrontation between CEO Gawie Erasmus and employees went viral.
During the clip, Erasmus can be heard addressing the employees over the Temporary Employer Relief Scheme funding that was paid by the UIF to the company but had not been handed over to the workers.
When the employees had protested the matter, Erasmus gave them an ultimatum either accept the situation and return to work or leave.
The EFF took a dim view of this behaviour, issuing a statement to confirm that it would be heading to the company and commenting that:
"The EFF will directly confront Gavie Erasmus, we can no longer allow white minorities to arrogantly oppress black workers using the entrenched structural inequalities to undermine the genuine struggle of workers."
Julius Malema himself had attended the confrontation with Erasmus and applauded the workers for their actions:
"We want to congratulate the workers for being vigilant. You shall always be remembered as the fearless worker who could not allow management to exploit them."
While the company agreed to pay the TERS funding back to the UIF, Malema confirmed that the party would return to resolve other issues:
"We are not a union and we cannot enter union matters. But we going to come back as members of parliament with representatives from the department of labour to listen and resolve all the other issues."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that EFF leader Julius Malema has vowed to take nationwide action against companies that have claimed from the UIF and not yet paid out employees.
Speaking during a media briefing in Braamfontein, Malema called upon workers to contact the party and report companies that have been withholding the funding or not paying the UIF itself.
Malema also committed the EFF Labour Desk to conduct nationwide visits to ensure a quota of at least 60% South Africans are employed:
"The EFF Labour Desk in all parts of South Africa will visit different establishments to ensure that the employment of a minimum 60% South Africans is a reality."
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