Union to appeal affirmative action case

2013-10-18 22:28

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Johannesburg - Trade union Solidarity will appeal certain aspects of the judgment in a correctional services affirmative action case, it said on Friday.

The judge had not dealt with certain constitutional issues, deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann said in a statement

"We can't expect the Labour Court to pass judgment on important constitutional matters and, therefore, we still want to go to the Constitutional Court.

"This victory is significant, but it's not the end of the road," he said.

The Labour Court in Cape Town ruled on Friday that the correctional services department take immediate steps to take both national and regional demographics into account when setting equity targets.

This was applicable at all levels of the department’s work force.

Judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker ruled in favour of 10 Western Cape correctional service officials who had challenged the department's employment equity plan.

Initially, five officials challenged the department.

They were followed by another five who had been overlooked for promotion on racial grounds. Solidarity took up the matter on behalf of the 10.

The union said it was making the necessary arrangements to appeal.

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