The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has expressed shock that that the City of Johannesburg is going ahead with the advertisement of new posts, despite a pending court case.
The city has advertised positions to replace 130 City of Johannesburg employees.
Last month, the employees were sent letters informing them of the reversal of their permanent employment status.
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According to the City of Johannesburg, the previous African National Congress (ANC) led administration, irregularly converted the fixed term positions to permanent ones.
Samwu has approached the Labour Court for a declaratory order.
The union’s Joburg regional chairperson, Ester Mtatyana says, “As Samwu we disagree with what the employer is doing because their matter is at court. We expected that the employer will halt whatever [they] were doing but now we are surprised as a union.”
“That matter is pending in court. So we are expecting our lawyers to do what is necessary. The promise we are making as Samwu is that the employees, they will return back to work,” adds Mtatyana.
In February, the lawyer representing 130 City of Johannesburg employees said the notices given to them have several procedural defects.
Mojalefa Motalane briefed the media in Johannesburg on the workers’ intention to institute legal action against the City.