BusinessLive reports that according to a worker at Shiva Uranium mine‚ a Gupta-owned company based in Klerksdorp‚ North West‚ employees have been left in the lurch after the company failed to pay them their salaries last week.
“We have not been paid February salaries. We were told that we would be paid on the 28th,” said the unnamed employee. She also indicated that the company told them on Friday that the payments were delayed because it did not have a bank.
“They also told us that they have an international bank and the funds have to be converted from dollars into rands and that the process takes long.” She added that most workers had taken leave since Friday because they did not have the money to take public transport or to put fuel in their cars.
The company has apparently denied media reports that it was under business rescue. Shiva Uranium is the third Gupta-owned company to not pay its employees. Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines have also failed to pay workers their salaries this month. Workers at Optimum downed tools last Wednesday.