Aurora worst employer - Cosatu

2012-09-20 17:48

Johannesburg - Cosatu has named Aurora Empowerment Systems the winner in its worst employer category award at its national congress on Thursday.

"They have broken every record in terms of dodging responsibility. They have starved workers; they have switched off electricity in hostels," Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said.

"The winner of this category is Aurora," he told delegates at the Congress of SA Trade Unions' national congress.

On Wednesday, Vavi asked the media to tell the worst employers to collect their awards from Cosatu "so they can go back and rebuild relationships with the unions".

Other nominees were the SA Post Office, Vodacom, the Medupi project and the Eastern Cape liquor board.

The now liquidated Aurora, whose directors include former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela, was as preferred bidder appointed to take over the management of two of Pamodzi's gold mines in Gauteng and the North West after that company was liquidated in 2009.

Aurora was removed after the directors were accused of destroying the infrastructure at the mines and causing the loss of more than 5 300 jobs.

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  • clive.pienaar.52 - 2012-09-20 18:19

    Question to Mr. Vavi. If Aurora had been a Nationalized mine, am I right to conclude that the taxpayer would have had to pay for the alleged looting by such overweights?

      mogano - 2012-09-20 18:46

      You very right Mr Pienaar on behalf of Mr WTF is next should mines be nationalised?

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-20 19:17

      Like SAA - asking now for their umpteenth bailout for Billions, overcharging on power to finance power stations which should have been built 10 years ago (and Mbeki stopped)- like the Public Health schemes that will never work under the ANC.......

  • Story Mangoejane - 2012-09-20 20:29

    Vavi why are u only giving out the award now? that is history-people of Aurora suffered a lot and non of you said anything, or was it a case of who they are related to?

  • hleketanitrevor.baloyi - 2012-09-20 21:26

    SA its a Bed country really.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-20 21:33

    Eureka - Black Economic Embezzlement hits the top score!

  • Zolile - 2012-09-21 14:52

    Vavi before you point fingers at other institutions, please look straight into your own union affiliates, look me in the face and tell me that they are the best employers. charity begins at home, if you are an icon and champion of freedom and protector of human rights, then clean your own house first. Most Unions (including your affiliates) tramp on their employees' rights all the time. Union employees don't have their own unions, they are not allowed to have unions. One thing is for sure, whenever you have an employer-employee relationship you definitely gonna have a conflict. Best interests of the employers are not always those of the employees, now what happens if these union employees are not happy, they have no one to go to. This is all ironical, Unions only core reason of existence is to protect the labour rights of the workers, now who protect the labour rights of the union employees. I am knowledged of instances where union employers always make decisions and no employee can dare to challenge such decisions, those who have attempted to do so in the past are all dismissed and vommitted outside. What happens there? All those who have attempted to form representatives in the work place therein were all dismissed, all is warned not to dare challenge the authorities' decisions. Go to CCMA and see how many candidates are taking their Union employers to CCMA. Now Vavi tell me if your union affiliates are the best employers.

  • Jeff Potgieter - 2014-05-17 21:44

    where was vavi and all the so called union big boys when they should have been diong there work regarding the workers at aurora,they are all playing games here.who is trying to kid who here

  • Jeff Potgieter - 2014-08-26 10:01

    so where was mr vavi when the mines were being striped and the rest of the unions, with all this talk going on and blaming each other,it looks like they were in each others pockets.

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