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EFF leader Julius Malema.
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EFF, Pharmacy Direct reach agreement over TERS payments

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) met with Pharmacy Direct CEO Gavie Erasmus following a fallout with workers over unpaid TERS monies

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EFF leader Julius Malema.
Image source via Twitter @EFFSouthAfrica

Pharmacy Direct has agreed to pay workers their Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) monies, after meeting with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday, 4 November 2020.

The EFF visited the company after employees made a number of allegations, including that they were not paid the emergency funds, despite receiving the money from the Department of Labour.

The delegation led by leader Julius Malema included the head of the party’s Labour Desk, MP Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi.

Watch: Pharmacy Direct CEO refuses to give employees TERS monies

In video that went viral on social media, the company’s CEO Gavie Erasmus gives employees an ultimatum – either go back to work or leave. The workers then refuse to report back to duty, to which Erasmus announces he will close down the company.

Addressing media, Malema said management of the pharmaceutical company would give the money back to UIF. The money would then be distributed to the workers.

“Individual workers should be able to go and claim the money from the UIF. We resolved that the best way is to return the money to the UIF so that workers are not affected in the future,” he said.

Malema added that they had also asked the company to improve the working conditions and ensure that there is a direct and clear line of communication.

Erasums further apologised for the video doing the rounds.

“I can assure you, that’s not normally how I do things. I think we’ve all been stressed out through this COVID-19 time. We needed to make sure our patients have their medication. So I apologise for the way that might have come over…we’ll continue to have a good relationship with staff,” he said.

In a statement reflecting on the visit, the EFF said:

“…the EFF, Pharmacy Direct and workers have put the matter in question to rest. The EFF Members of Parliament will return to do oversite on other issues raised by the workers”

“We reiterate our call for all companies that have claimed the Unemployment Insurance Funds for their employees to pay workers what is due to them immediately. Otherwise, they too shall receive a warm special visit from the EFF”

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)

The red berets have called on all workers across the country to alert the party of companies that have not paid them their UIF monies.