Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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2 minute read
10 Jan 2021
5:31 pm

Government workers to take fight for increases to Concourt

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Unions who plan to take government to court say the Labour Court's prior ruling against them could be used by employers to renege from similar agreements in future.

Cosatu took the street countrywide in October Wednesday, with workers listing several demands, including an end to corruption and the implementation of agreed-upon salary increases. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Can an employer simply back out of a collective bargaining agreement by crying poverty? Fourteen South African union federations want the Constitutional Court to say this is not so; and are taking their battle with the biggest employer in the land – the state – to the highest court in the land, The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and the Public Servants Association (PSA) are appealing a Labour Court ruling which favoured government after it backed out of a 2018 agreement to hike up wages for public servants. Speaking on behalf...