Unpaid Benefits Campaign
The Unpaid Benefits Campaign was founded in early 2017 by a coalition of groups of former workers, community organisations, advice offices, NGOs and individual activists, together asking where the estimated R50+ billion in pensions, provident or compensation funds (held by the private sector) have gone.
The campaign has in its two years of existence grown to include five branches in Gauteng alongside small collectives in KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. As a result of the UBC’s ongoing work and activism, many former workers from all over the country and from the Southern Africa region have flooded the UBC with inquiries. Given this growth and the need for resources, the UBC formally registered as a Not-For-Profit Organisation (NPO) to take the campaign forward.
Much of our work is centred on public awareness and education. We want to ensure people are aware of their rights, and have access to information in relation to pension and provident funds. We also train UBC members from the different branches to assist workers in their communities to claim their money at no cost. Further, the UBC engages in various forms of advocacy/public activism – for example, through the provision of information/research, media work as well as direct mobilisation – on the relevant politicians, legislative bodies, fund administrators and state entities/regulators. While we will continue to carry out this voluntary work and activism without fear or favour, it must be noted that the core responsibility for ensuring the provision of unpaid benefits rests with the Financial Services Conduct Authority (formerly known as the FSB), pension fund board members and fund administrators. These institutions, as well as those in positions of political and economic power who ultimately oversee and manage these institutions, must be held to account for their failure to trace workers and the cancellation of provident funds.
The life histories of UBC members were profiled by the investigative organisation, Open Secrets, as part of its investigation of cancelled pension funds. Read about Maria Mashiane, Tshidiso and Puleng Matebese and Simon and Johannes Mahlangu.
Please join us, through the provision of whatever donation you can make, in this hugely important struggle.
Donations to dateR 514.10
Fundraising targetR 20 000.00