Elizabeth Modise from Cape Town, the housekeeper reflected an unhappy mood over her “retirement package” of R40k she received from her employer of 30 years and has been evicted from the larney house in Somerset West.

A workers’ union adviced  Elizabeth has a chance to  sue her boss for failing to register her for UIF but it may not be worth her while in the end.

On Sunday she spoke to Daily Voice telephonically from Bloemfontein and said her boss, German businessman Harald Scheppig, sent people on Friday to pack all her belongings and she was taken to the Free State where she is originally from.

“There has been no other communication from him other than the people who were sent to collect the keys and load my belongings,” she says.

“He is at home and ever since his return from Germany on 10 December, he has not said a word to me, he sends people.

“I was asked to vacate the property by 5pm on Friday and I am currently in Bloemfontein.

“I will be back on Monday (today) and I will stay with relatives until the matter is resolved.”

According to a retirement contract made by her boss on 18 December, she was supposed to vacate the place by 15 January.

“I thought I would vacate on the 15th and that was enough time for us to discuss this matter,” she says.

“The lawyers have not made contact with me even after the article (appeared in the Daily Voice).”

Elizabeth showed her unhappiness with what she received from Scheppig, an offer of  a lump sum of R40 000 for her 30 years of service, as well as a monthly stipend of R1 500 until one of them dies as she believes she deserves more as she had been taking care of the house, her boss and his many guests for three decades.

Modise’s contract, which the Daily Voice has seen, they both “acknowledged” that over the past months, items have been missing and that she would retire on 1 February 2021.

Elizabeth says she was earning R5 000 per month without benefits and was not registered for the unemployment fund. She has never got a payslip either.

According to the Labour Department, any employee, including a domestic worker, who works for you for more than 24 hours a month must be registered with the UIF.

But SA Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union general secretary Myrtle Witbooi says its a challenging  battle for Elizabeth to get more money from her boss.

“If she wants to report him for the UIF, she can but she won’t be paid out. She will still wait.

“According to law for retirement, she is entitled to one week’s wages for every year of service, which comes to R37 500 (excluding the R1 500 monthly stipend).

“If she was registered (with the UIF) she would have gotten about nine months’ payment but only 75% of her wages.

“Also the law doesn’t make it compulsory for a worker to get a pension.”

She advised Elizabeth to take the offer.Scheppig’s lawyers cited that they are still negotiating with Elizabeth so they have reserved their right to comment on the matter.

Facebook Comments