Dear CEO Members
The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, has called on employers to always ensure that the money that has been paid over by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) be immediately disbursed to the workers.
Note that this follows after a number of complaints have been received from workers who alleged that their employers had not paid them the money the UIF already disbursed as part of COVID-19 TERS, which is meant to provide temporary relief for workers who are at home or to at least meet some of their salary demands.
The Minister indicated that to date, the Department has paid close to R 7-Billion in Covid-19 relief, and appeal to employers to pay the workers timeously in order to avoid further delays.
The Minister further reiterated that to ensure that there is no delay in payments to workers, the UIF has provided the employers with the breakdown of how much each worker is supposed to be paid. This was after his Department received numerous complaints from the employers, the Minister further stated that his Department decided to even breakdown the payments as their system was starting to be overwhelmed with information.
The Minister stated that “…a total of 481 911 workers have been disadvantaged to the tune of close to R2-billion. In addition, there are also 12 959 workers who are also disadvantaged because of failed bank verification and an amount of R67,924 874 will be paid over as soon as this is resolved…” and indicated that to date the fund has paid:
- R 6,890 323 916.47 in TERS benefits to 98 720 employers for 1,134 822 workers and R151, 687 085.44 through all relevant bargaining councils affecting 56 456 workers
- R 1,164 727 893.69 in ordinary benefits.
The Department has pleaded with employers with outstanding information regarding the Covid-19 claims to forward the necessary documents and information as soon as possible.
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