MOSES from eMlahleni worked for a steel company for more than 10 years until certain workers were retrenched.

His employer said he’d be retained with only a few changes to his contract. He refused and said he wanted to be retrenched but his employer now refuses to pay his severance pay.


An employee is entitled to one week’s salary for each year of completed service. However, the employer can refuse to pay severance pay if the employee unreasonably refuses an offer of alternative employment. This will only happen if the commissioner deems his refusal unreasonable. Moses should get specialist advice.