Posted by: Thandi | 2008/08/18

Language barrier at work

I am in a dilemna here, I can appreciate someone' s sound advice.

I got a job in this company and all was well at first with the language as they always speak english. After a year, things started to change. Everything is conducted in afrikaans.

The boss speak with me afrikaans, knowing that I dont understand him. Obviously I dont answer I tell him I dont understand the language, he continue speaking it anway.

Meetings are in afrikaans, I dont understand a thing that is said. This really makes me left out in the company' s project.

The boss and everyone knows I cant speak the language and they told me that in this company Afrikaans is the prime language.
Why did they not tell me this on the interview?

It feels like I am fighting an endless battle. I dont have a clue what is happening in the company anymore oz they all speak afrikaans

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Consult a good labour lawyer and the ept of Labour / CCMA --- this could amount to the forbidden practice of COnstructive Dismissal, when a company changes the conditions of your work ( like removing your desk and requiring you to work standing up !) so as to make it unpleasant or imposible for you to cary out your work properly --- so that you will resign, and they won't have problems in firing you ( whatever the true reason they may have for wanting you to leave ). And switching to an all-Afrikaans language practice within the company is a significant change in your working conditions.
I wonder how well they are keeping, in general, to guidelines on BEE and diversity ?

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Posted by: Shooo!!! Ya Neh!!! | 2008/08/18

i hope that is not the government office, speak your language as well, if sotho or zulu be it, then you all won' t understand each other, then that is the middle finger dear.

else, learn the language and lear the job then give them a taste of their own medison, you' ll be fully equiped but don' t make a mistake and quite, don' t quite, you are in the mission. to learn the job and equip yourself for the better future.

fight like no one.i was in that position for long and i was even theratened to resign but believe me i' m close to 10yrs at this company and my mision is to resign whem i have 10yrs of service then run my own practice.

i' m too close to do that, you need to be taugh if you wanna achieve what you always have wanted, they must not threaten you they are all employees.

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