Staff at the V&A Waterfront Spur reportedly closed down the restaurant on Friday as they protested about being illtreated by management.
According to IOL, the workers claimed they did not get payslips or leave days, adding that overtime and clock out data was “done for them”, yet no records of working overtime were ever available.
One employee, Nomsa Madondile was quoted as saying that time had apparently changed at the eatery.
“We used to have a standard salary back in the day, now we only work 22 hours per week, which has cut our salaries big time,” said Madondile.
This came a few weeks after new rules for SA restaurants were designed by the department of employment and labour.
Business Insider reported in January that restaurants and fast-food outlets now faced new rules for employee remuneration, including a new requirement to pay a December bonus and a range of levies.
“Under the new requirements, all restaurants and fast-food outlets must pay wages that, even at the lowest level for waiters, exceed the national minimum wage by at least 7% (by 1 May 2021).
“Employers must increase wages by inflation (CPI) plus 1.5% in future, and will not be able to reduce the salary of staff who have been paid higher-than-prescribed rates,” the report said