Dismissal case drags on

2020-02-05 06:01
These workers are among the 22 at the Naledi unit in Wepener caught in a prolonged dispute with the Mangaung Metro Municipality.Photo: Supplied

These workers are among the 22 at the Naledi unit in Wepener caught in a prolonged dispute with the Mangaung Metro Municipality.Photo: Supplied

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The unfair dismissal case involving the embattled Mangaung Metro Municipality and 22 workers of the Naledi unit in Wepener drags on.

This despite a Labour Court ruling against the municipality.

In an attempt to justify its decision to dismiss the workers, the municipality filed for an appeal to have the matter reviewed. The Labour Court, however, ruled against the municipality.

ruled against the municipality on its appeal to have the matter reviewed in an attempt to have the decision to dismiss the workers uphold.

The case dates back to 2013, when the 22 workers were reportedly dismissed by the former municipal manager of the Naledi Local Municipality.

This happened before the Naledi Municipality’s integration into the Mangaung Metro.

The workers were employed on a month-to-month contract, earning R1 000 monthly.

Later in the same year, the workers were offered full-time employment.

Pursuant to the arbitration award of 4 November 2013, the subsequent rulings by the Labour Court on 14 January 2014, the Appeal Court judgment and the arbitration award of 4 November 2019, the Mangaung Metro indicated that it will act in compliance by reinstating the 22 workers.

Adv. Tankiso Mea, city manager of the Mangaung Metro, made a written undertaking to reinstate the 22 workers.

In a letter addressed to legal representatives of the workers and the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), it was stipulated that the 22 workers report for work on 1 June 2019.

Thabang Tseuoa, Samwu spokesperson, said the workers ought to have been re­instated with full benefits, adding that the workers have complied with the court order.

However, things changed in September when the Mangaung Metro stopped paying the workers’ salaries.

The decision has affected all 22 workers.

One of the affected workers, Nthabeleng Mohale, said her daughter was forced to quit her studies at the University of the Free State because of the municipality’s failure to pay her salary.

According to Tseuoa, the workers are reporting for work despite Mangaung’s non-payment.

Although the rulings of the Labour Court have been unfavourable for the municipality in the past, the Mangaung Metro has decided to reapply for a review of the case. Despite unfavourable judgements in the Labour Court in previous hearingTseuoa said the Mangaung Metro has decided to reapply for a review of the cases.

  • At the time of going to print, the Mangaung Metro had not yet responded to media inquiry.
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