The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) made 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 2020.
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 we have 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.” Read a statement issued by NUMSA National Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi- Majola
She said Barloworld Equipment 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 Labour Relations Act”
The urgent application will be heard at the Labour Court in Johannesburg via Zoom today, 29 September 2020, .Numsa is hoping for a favourable outcome for workers and their families’ who have been unfairly treated by the management of Barloworld.