The 130 fired employees of the city of Johannesburgare suing again in theIndustrial Court. This time they are seeking permanent relief.
The second attemptcomes after the SALocal Government Bargaining Council rejected the workers’ application for unfair dismissal.
Bargaining Council Commissioner Joseph Mphaphuli said the original contracts were due to expire at the end of April, shutting down the possibility wrongly dismissed as the deadline had not yet expired.
The group will appear before the Labor Court in Braamfontein on Thursday at 10am. span>
The groupsaid in a statement: “The 130th Municipal Workers’ Union of the City of Johannesburg, [the] South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), will become the Labor Court Return to Johannesburg to seek a final interdict and declaratory judgment in COJ130 [the workers] v Cityder Metropolitan Municipality of Joburg.”
The 130 were originally employed as political support staff in the city, but their co contracts were later converted to permanent employment by the previous, ANC-run administration the political head and in usually no longer than five years.