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September 08, 2004

Retrenchment procedures under the spotlight

Johannesburg employers can no longer retrench workers to make way for better skilled employees without making adequate training opportunities available, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) said yesterday.

Business Report quotes Fawu General-Secretary Derrick Cele as saying his union won a case before the Cape Labour Court on Friday in which Acting Judge Patrick Gamble had found that South African Breweries (SAB) had wrongly dismissed 115 Fawu members from its Newlands plant in Cape Town between May and August 2001. The report says that in his judgment, Gamble said SAB had ‘completely ignored’ certain selection criteria for retrenchment contained in a collective agreement binding the two parties.

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Date: 2004-09-07


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