ROLAND Williams, Nimrod Mqulwana and Dumisane Mbebe are all employed as directors at the NMBM. There is nothing sinister about the recent action taken by their superior to rectify their packages.
The only thing sinister has been the NMBM's failure to treat them fairly over such a considerable period of time. These men have been battling for some time to be remunerated at the same level as their fellow directors.
Their grievance in this regard became the subject matter of a formal dispute lodged with the South African Local Government Bargaining Council which we are handling for them. Their claim arises from a collective agreement in which they claim an entitlement to be remunerated at a particular grade.
The unfairness was such that, in certain instances, employees subordinate to them were being paid more than them. It was with some relief that sense finally prevailed and the new head of corporate services corrected the anomaly thus avoiding further delays and unnecessary legal costs.
Grant Howard, partner, Kaplan Blumberg