The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) will be making an urgent application at the Labour court for the immediate re-instatement of its members from Barloworld Equipment.
Dozens of employees have been retrenched since the 14th of August. According to the original section 189 notice which was issued, 950 jobs were expected to be cut, but that was reduced to 750 employees after consultation with unions.
The retrenchments have been implemented from the 14th of August but it is being done in a piecemeal basis, and no clarity on what the total numbers of employees to be retrenched are.
The names of employees to be affected has also not been disclosed. The company has refused to disclose the numbers and the names of those who will be losing their jobs.
“We believe that the retrenchment process which Barloworld is implementing is unfair and does not comply with fair procedures as envisaged by sections 189 and 189A of the LRA.”
The urgent application will be heard at the Labour Court in Johannesburg via Zoom tomorrow (29 September 2020) at 10 am.
“We are hoping for a favourable outcome for workers and their families’ who have been unfairly treated by the management of Barloworld.”
Meanwhile the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on South Africans and all workers to join their planned strike on 7 October.
The protests over corruption will take place in every province and are likely to affect the public service more than any other industry.