Cuban engineers “earn more” than their South African counterparts, says Solidarity
On Tuesday, the union told a press conference that engineers would bring in up to R300,000 a year.
This, he claims, is more than what South African engineers earn.
Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said Cuban salaries include many benefits.
“Part of their pay is extended benefits that include airfare for Cuba vacations, furnished accommodation, food and telephone costs.
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“This despite the fact that the Minister of Human Resources, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has publicly declared that Cuban engineers are not employees and will not receive a salary.
Solidarity also believes that the taxpayer will pay around R75 million for the project and not the R64 million as originally stated.
“The department has consistently misled the Cuban public and engineers about the nature, scope and cost of the project,” Hermann said.
“There is now no doubt that Cuban engineers have indeed taken South African engineering jobs and are better paid, and that taxpayers will have to pay more than was originally announced.”
Solidarity filed court documents challenging the department’s decision to employ Cuban engineers.