A source in the know of developments told FE on Wednesday: While the management staff gets performance incentives based on their gross salary, for the workers, incentives are being calculated on their basic pay. The union has called this practice "unfair and unacceptable".
According to the source, the management staff is scheduled to get between R90,000 and R1 lakh as incentive for 2013, but the workers will end up getting R20,000-R25,000. In 2012, the workers had received R40,000 to R45,000 as incentive.
The union has now called for a meeting of its members/officebearers in a day or two to discuss the future course of action. With the management not forthcoming, the union has decided to consult all workers, numbering upto 4,000, to take their feedback as well suggestions on how to take the matter further, apart from analysing various options, sources revealed. The workers have boycotted the company's transportation and food.
When contacted, a company spokesperson said: "We have nothing to say more than what we have said earlier. Production is not affected and is going on as usual."
Meanwhile, the workers will decide whether or not to accept the incentives after receiving letters individually in April. The management will pay the 2013 production incentives to workers in April this year as against the usual March timeframe.
On Wednesday, more than 1,200 workers of the first shift who have boycotted the company's transportation services, took public transport to reach home. They also boycotted the company canteen.
The workers continue to be adamant on their demand that production incentives for 2013 should be 26% of their basic salary.