Union successful in halting retrenchments

Union successful in halting retrenchments

2014-06-19 18:22

Johannesburg - A notice of retrenchment sent by Continental Tyres to its employees was set aside in the Port Elizabeth Labour Court on Thursday.

Trade union Solidarity spokesperson Johan Kruger said: "At this stage our members and non-members' jobs are safe."

The union applied for the interdict as they believed that Continental Tyres "did not act procedurally correct in their retrenchment processes", said Kruger.

He was referring to an agreement signed between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Continental Tyres in May, relating to changes in the company's shift system.

The agreement stipulated that employees who worked only on Saturdays and Sundays in a pattern of five shifts would only be eligible to be paid one-and-a-half times the normal wage on a Saturday and double the normal wage on a Sunday.

Relief for workers

According to Kruger the changes to the company's shift system would have resulted in 125 employees being retrenched and employees would have to work two out of every four weekends.

Kruger said the Labour Court directed Continental Tyres to comply with a fair procedure in retrenching its staff as set out by the law.

"We're very happy and this is a relief for workers and minority trade unions.

"This is a victory for us...we hope this sends a message to other employers that the law should be followed," he said.

  • Willem Willemse - 2014-06-19 18:59

    No more Contis for me

  • Andrew M - 2014-06-20 07:27

    This shows up one of the many reasons why employers are reluctant to hire people and or set up new enterprises, for every step of the way laws and Unions are hampering growth of new business and allowing changes to ensure the viability of companies.

      Graham Katz - 2014-06-20 08:53

      Well said!

  • Todays Realist - 2014-06-20 08:15

    There is no victory here! Failure to follow procedure will only delay the inevitable. Jobs are going to be lost because the company has re-structured. Shifts for 24 hour coverage is to provide safe shift coverage at minimum cost. A business must be run as a business if it is to stay in business. Business is not a charity organisation. Unions and workers forget this fact of life.

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