The case against an office automation supplier
My daughter lives in another city. She was employed at the subsidiary offices of a leading office automation supplier.
A recent investigation by the owning company led to an investigation, which indicated that the branh manager and one other staff member had been involved in defrauding the company. As part of the investigation, my daughter was interviewed, and found to have no knowledge of the fraud.
During the interview she raised a few matters that had been troubling her for some time. One such item was the lack of an Employment Contract, and another, the lack of a job description. she also raised her concern about office protocols and systems, and the non-adherence to them.
The Owners Representative assured her that these matters would be attended to.
The replacement management team, consisting of one of the remaining staff members, and this member's brother in law, called my daughter into the office on the Monday morning, and asked her to resign, citing possible future conflict as the reason. An argument ensued, my daughter did resign, walked out of the office, then returned immediately to retrieve the resignation, which she did. A further argument ensued, and she was informed that she was fired, with immediate eefect.
She first went to the Police to lay charges of verbal assault, then went to the department of Labour. within a month, her case was heard at the CCMA, and she was re-instated, but in another office.
The company representative at the hearing apologised on behalf of the company.
The travelling time from home to the office was about 3 and a half hours. My daughter returned to the CCMA, but was informed that she had unfortunately agreed to the proposition.
I am prepared to take up the axe against Kyocera. for a company that maintains that their staff are valuable assets, it is unacceptable that they treat any person like this.
The entire approach from the Kyocera side is fuck you chickie, we're looking after our own. Almost a governmental approach. Do what you like, because if you apologise, you will be okay.
I will start off by encouraging anyone who needs office equipment to not purchase Kyocera. There are other better manufacturers, with better deals. And they do treat their staff better.
In a way kyocera did her a favour. She starts at her new job tomorrow, at almost 3 times the salary.