'We still haven't been paid', say bar staff who worked at December MCQP party

Organisers of the annual costume party MCQP (Mother City Queer Project) have been accused of not paying bar staff that worked the event.

Around 50 bartending staff were hired for the 2018 MCQP party which took place in Cape Town on the 15th of December.

One staffer, Catherine Noordemeer, says they have been unable to pursue the matter legally because organisers claim to have lost all the signed contracts.

It's been a month now, we still haven't been paid.

Catherine Noordemeer, MCQP bar staffer

Noordemeer says bar staff have been given the runaround for several weeks.

She says MCQP now claims that about R60 000 went missing from the cash bars.

According to organisers, the bar staff are liable for the loss as stipulated in their missing contracts.

Meanwhile, Noordemeer denies that the contract had any such liability clause.

She suspects foul play from the organisers.

There was no bar manager. They cashed up behind closed doors. How did we know that they didn't just pocket money between them?

Catherine Noordemeer, MCQP bar staffer

We all asked for a copy of our contracts because we had to hand them in. Because we have not been paid, suddenly they've lost our contracts. It feels like exploitation.

Catherine Noordemeer, MCQP bar staffer

Officials from MCQP's organising committee declined an invitation to respond on air.

Listen to the staffer's side of the story:


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