GET LOST: Shocked Toyota workers leave work with their letters of suspension

Striking Toyota workers suspended as Dada gets tough
A war of words has erupted between Satar Dada and disgruntled Toyota Motor Centre mechanics who downed tools in protest over low wages.
The motor vehicle magnate and Botswana Democratic Party Treasurer was locked in a heated argument with employees on Wednesday morning.
The workers claim that their unsympathetic boss used insulting language as their protest ended in at least 32 employees being suspended.
Disgruntled Toyota mechanics gathered under a tree outside their workshop last Wednesday clutching their letters of suspension after a heated meeting with Dada.
The 32 suspended employees claimed to The Voice that they were involved in a shouting match with their boss. The Motor Centre Executive Chairman is said to have lost his cool and used insulting language when the employees demanded an increment.
They workers said the protest reflected a loss of patience after years of trying in vain to get Dada to listen to their grievances.
“We have written countless letters to him over the past three years asking him to meet us, but he has ignored our pleas. Today we decided to go on strike as a last resort,” said Bashi Moremedi.
Moremedi said he had been working for Motor Centre as a technician for the past 25 years, but only earned a monthly salary of P3 845.
“I cannot even pay for decent accommodation let alone take care of my family,” he lamented.
The angry employees said whilst Dada donated generously to the ruling BDP and other organisations, he ignored the plight of his own workers, who they claimed received lower wages than Toyota mechanics in other branches.
They cited the example of a storekeeper who doubles up as an assistant technician who has been on a salary of P940 for the past four years.
“Now just tell what one is supposed to do with that. People see us in this flashy building and have the wrong idea that we are earning good salaries, whilst we are struggling to make ends meet. We believe it is time we got the matter out into the open,” they said.
“With all these problem how would you feel if you have your boss telling you that you will be fired if you are not willing to work? He told us that there are a lot of unemployed mechanics who will be willing to fill our vacant posts if we are fired,” said worker Joseph Ndaba.
Ndaba has been working at Motor Centre for nine years and is earning P2000.
Another employee, Nicholas Ntoko was close to tears when he related his ordeal. “I have been working for six years and I’m still earning P1200 with my trade B certificate,” he said.
When reached for comment Dada rubbished the claims of his employees.

UNCOMPROMISING: Dada

“They are liars! What they held was an illegal strike. Those employees are ill mannered, stubborn and rude,” he said.
Dada maintained that he had never used obscene language and accused his employees of peddling lies to make him look bad.
“We have never refused to listen to them. The truth is there is a process that has to be followed as most of these employees have joined a union. We therefore have to include the union in everything we do.
“We tried to explain this to them, but they do not want to listen. It is the law and we cannot bypass it. The problem is they want to talk to us directly, but it is impossible. It is the law,” Dada repeated.

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mash

rra a ko o duele babereki o lese go ja madi o le nosi kante bo selfish ke jwang mo batlhoking ba modimo mme tiro ba e go direla rra neela batho madi aa lekanang le tiro e e bae dirang

Rag Rat

And the cat is outta da bag mr Dada..U go around throwin cash mo charity o lebala ur own employees. Do i hv to remaind you mr gore these r the same people baba go tsisetsang yone chelete eo..

SKI

Mdala bongame ke jwa eng…e kare bdp e go bolaisa zaka e kanakana. E fa bomonnaarona madi

loli

le setlhogo sa teng ke matlhapa babereki ga ba ake bare o a ba tlhapatsa…monnamogolo yoo ako a nele babereki ba gagwe madi tota bongame ke jwa eng?

loli

u a what u a bcos of ur workers Mr.

snow

mr duala batho madi aa ba tshwanetseng pliz,fago pala tlogela o tswale komponi fa e le sengwe.u can’t b doniting lot of bux to charity abo o lebala batho baba tsenyang zaka,cum-on guyz

puffin

Its high time we start to boycott companies that do not treat workers with respect. Please list this man’s companies so that I can start boycotting his businesses. Enough, ke tsaya kgato jaanong.

a re tlogelen go ja re le nosi.this people they dnt pay mechanics ba ba tseela ko tlase

stazzo

ke gore bo Dada gaba tlhomoge pelo ne bathong ke gore ene onna sentle oja sentle bana ba bangwe bone ba amogela di nuts hela just imagine u have worked for 25yrs and still earning 3grand rra duela bana ba modimo o tlhomoge pelo plis they have families to take care of .

lee

shame on you Dada, re tla bona gore o tla donate eng fa re sa dirise service ya gago coz ga ona tlotlo mo babereking ba gago how can u say “They are liars! What they held was an illegal strike. Those employees are ill mannered, stubborn and rude,” ?? o iphokoletsa malatsi a botshelo coz batho ba ba ntse ba go direla for years ba itshokile go ntse go lekane, reetsa dilelo tsa bone o lese go ba tshosetsa ka suspension letters. khumo matlhare ya foforega buti..

PENDA DI PENDA

ga gona ko ba ka ikuelang teng coz fa ba ngongorera are JEKA DOMI.

tsotso

mokula yo ntseng sentle lo kile lwa mmona kae?
kagore ba greedy hela botlhe !!!

MARIA DI MARIA

ga gona yo o ka moreng sepe, yo a reng 1 are ae jeke.ke monna wa maemo mo party ya puso ya Botswana.

Animal Farm

Mr tnink about your workers they pay rent and all the food markets do not sell food to them at poor peoples prices they buy at the same shops & same prices u buy at.Don’t be that much selfish these workers are the ones who makes u what u are.Madi gaa boloki mr ata sala one day ooshame bana ba bommaetsho bathong ba sotlelwang ke mohumi wa dinaledi ijooooowe amahutsana bathong

sonick

koore bo dada ke eng pelo tsa lona di sa sweufale jaana?fa o ne o tshella domkrga chlete le dikoloi one o lebetse gore ga e ikepe e erekelwa ke batho?duela mr d slavery days r dead

sonick

matlhabisa ditlhong ruri….

batlho bale masome mararo le bobedi ba seegelwa fa tlhoko,ke ma thata le gone ga ke itse strike se gotweng se ka fa molaong.

Jebba

Nnyaa baga etsho esen fotseke,kegore motho remo jese abe are tola godimo,ke lenyaaaaatso selo seo aaa!A deportiwe motho yoo gana botho!

koffi

biting the hand that feeds you.i kopeng maitshwarelo……

i know

he bailed nchido company when they owed the bank 15 milliom pula but he fails to pay people who help him to make those millions….pleaz bosss to me u r a corrupt mafia……..working for 25 years and stil getin 2000 shame on u. o tshwana hela le BDP thats you pay batho ba ipelegeng P360

ghadafi

Lekulanyana le le tletse masepa guys, fa o bona a beile matlho a masetlha jaana ke bogodu jo bo mo go ene. dont forget the kidnapping story, it was a set up.

runyararo

mdala plis duela batho ga wabolo go ja ole nosi

ringa

mdala o kgona go rekela ngwanyana yole flat ko aussie o bo o morekela le AMG, o lebalala gore o hoo ka bo nkgonne, wa ineelela i tell you. pay them aoo! kwee-keng, ijakga!

snyoza

duela babareki,maloba o ntse o tshamikisa 15million.o duelela nchindo

Advice

Nyaa ruri fotseke!!!Bothata jwa ga Dada ke gore o rata eye service,ke bo mponang lotlhe wa dibatana.Mme jaaka bontsi bo bua,gore a hume jalo,ke ka batho bao.Ka jalo ke gore a ba duele go kgona gore a tswelele mo company ya gagwe.Ga ke kgone go tlhaloganya gore ke eng a bona go siame gore a ye kwa godimo,bana ba bangwe ba a nwa metsi mme ene a shaba seshabo ka se sengwe(i mean fish,chicken,pork etc).If he is so compatinate a thusa kae le kae,why not start in your company.O motho ka batho bae,period!!So appreciate the hard work they do on… Read more »

chanda.molonda

oa rra! ako o bue sese utwalang, 3 years still working on their complaints! golo mogo tsayang beke fela. duela babereki rra…..

cde jacob kentsitswe ramogotlha

mo lehatseng le lka puso ya batho ka batho, ebile mahoko ale mathong gape ale mante othe, go swabisa nko go heta molomo go utwa ha lekota la babereki le mdala ba tsere jara tse tharo go seksseka dituelo. aggh le lona le a tapeya banna keng lene lesa ise union e ya lona mo makgoteng a ditseko go palelwa ke mohiri, for incorpitancy. mole go dirileng go bidiwa go gana tiro. nex time you will know which party to vote for eseng kutwisiso ya bokoneteledi(bdp-bcp)

Mr. Kumar

SHAME ON YOU DADA- SHAME ON YOU!!! 1. I am (Motswana) currently living in India, your roots, and I must state for the record in India it is very common and normal for business owners to own even the employees- and even insult them and get away with it. Sorry boss- Botswana is different, people should be heard and respected not insulted especially by greedy people. 2. I think, Mr. Dada you need to appreciate that where you are, what you are right now is because of the people of Botswana, your employees. 3. Mr. Dada you just have to… Read more »

babe

waitse re mo mathateng ke bo aejeke babatla godirelelwa mme ba sena thanki ba na le fotseke

MOKAEDI

He’s dicin with trouble.

mabaka

pelo go tswa tsa baji bagaetsho,a dog wil always be a dog even afta death,dada,o ntsa sisss.

Chris M

Mr Dada stop making excuses and pay these people well! Well payed employees are motivated, drive the business to even bigger heights and have a sense of ownership of the business! They look after it! You should know that! This negative reputation you are developing will bite back on you mister! One day you will wish you had approached this better!

sangoma

how can 32people be called liars ,ill minded by a man who cam here to seek green pastures nd now he calls batswana names just becoz he is a BDP member nyaa sometimes lona makhula you are too much just like another one called steve rraman who owners nite clubs in g west ,you come here hungry after getting rich you look us down why cant batswana stand up nd do wat south africans did to immigrants nd make them respect you

Lologirl

Se bitseng Dada mokula thats being racists motho yoo is a citizen of Botswana, lona batswana you are missing the point… Wena Mr Dada please think of others and be realist, speed up your actions with the trade union and pay your employees sensibly!!!

TEBZA

MAPHURUTLWANA A A BATLA GO DIRWA JAAKA MUGABE A NE A DIRA BA GAGWE. BA NTSHITSE LEFATSHE LA RONA LA BONE. VIVA BMD VIVA, BOTSWANA WARONA.

PITBULL

KE LEKULA LE TLA MO RENG.KE ENG LE SA TSEYE NGWANA GAPE?

Damn Makula

Lekula will always be a lekula,no matter gore le tsholetswe kae.9 years o amogela P1200?Dammit!,Mathata this is Bots,the powerful can do whatever and get away with it.

monza

Mokulanyana yoo ke batla mo president a modipote e bile rumours r flying around gore ke leloko la BMD o ja madi a rona fa a riana wabe a simolotse a batla gosiela India ka madi a rona, o bona a e a batla gore di fonkong di emisiwa a tle a tlatse dipata ka bofefo a tsamaya. Motho o ka bereka ngwaga tse dikanakana a tsaya matsana ene a tlhola a nnetse goreka banyana ka madi a barekela dikoloi le matlo, mosadi wa lekula a shename ko lapeng.

Baclif

a mpheletse a le tlhaeng ruri,shame on u mr millionaire.motho ke motho ka batho,so listen to them.

Ths hw the 1st world countries developed, they exploited the third world countries, i wonder why dada is claiming 2 b better than his employees cos his employees reflect wht kind of man he is, this all crap. Thats why i hate this stinking TRIBE. FOTSEKE LE WENA MARE

motiasebono

Let me make something clear for this Indian guy, this is Botswana my man, the most peaceful country in Africa so u don’t come here with ur white tendency, if you r here to make us suffer u can get out, just get out. You have all the money in the world so just leave us alone and get out of our country, i think u are now getting comfortable so leave us and go make ur fellow Indians slaves not us my man, if u can’t pay then foetsek! Ba kae ba ba thepang, nna le ka bona marago… Read more »

LEKAKAUWE-LEKAKAUWE

mathata ke modomi,o fa domi di koloi are a e jeke domi.domi e fana ka ene.

lulo

Its really painful how such pple become rich and forget abt those work for them.Its a disgrace,he is in the public eye and claims to stand for a lotta things. Pay ur workers and do right by them…al that money is nothing if u dont follow the rite principles…

vintagechik

Kante gone mme wats with this thing ya makula ba rata go tsaya citizenship ya Botswana? Ke gone gotla go dira mathapolosa aba a dirang a motho asa go respect mme ele wena omo humisang mo hatsheng ja gago, dio tse di meriri tse ke batla go di biletsa dr shomba adi nyeletse le gone adi nyelelletse ko ga tsone die go tswa manga.

kg

i must say that i never really wanted to ever come to say this, but im forced to. of all the years ive travelled the world people of Indian origin do not care about any1 not even their fellow countymen except make money and not even make sure they themselves live in decent humane conditons. im not shocked at these news people like Dada only knw how to enrich themselves forgetting they are part of the bigger world. Tell me how can a country develop when the multimillionares only cares about being knwn for their riches. pls sir remember you… Read more »

enckville

What a shame!!!A mpheletse ganong….

Tau

Boss without Batswana u wont be what u r 2day.Iam sure abt the evidence both Ntoko,s[workers] hv workd in ur company cnce more than 25 years back.Can u pay them mr jst tink abt this if it ws u.

new

i remember whn i was still his employee ko bmw we attempted to boycott and others remained in the offices monnamogolo a re thapatsa are bolelela gore ha re kgotshe re ye malapeng many out there ba bata ditiro a re fa 5 min gore re boele di officing tsa rona e seng jalo re kwalelelwe dismissal letters,ra gara megata ya rona ra boela ditirong re tshaba go tshologelwa ke soup ka ga se morogo, jaanong le rona bana ba batswana o fitlhela go ipolaya rona ka go thoka go nna moonomongwefela, ba dumalana le rona go tswa hoo fa… Read more »

Madumi

People don’t cease to amaise. If it was a Black person from other countries treating Batswana that way he/she could have been called names or called Kwerekwere but now its an Indian he is welcome to do as he wishes. Even in South Africa Indians are worshiped but they don’t give a danm about blacks.Blacks will remain Blacks till i don’t know

Special

ija!!!! BMD e tsaya leng puso etle ere thuse………