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legalaidsaThe Citizen reports that Legal Aid SA (LASA) has been accused of using intimidation tactics to discourage workers, including lawyers and support staff, from taking part in Wednesday’s planned demonstrations.  

An internal memo – the contents of which workers believe are crafted to thwart support for the demonstrations – sent to staff reminds workers intending to participate that their actions would not be protected by the Labour Relations Act but by the Regulation of Gatherings Act.  The memo, sent out this week by the HR department, reminds workers that the agency did not agree with the demonstrations at the CCMA.  Since the demonstrations will be taking place during working hours, the “no work, no pay” principle will be applied for a minimum of half a day to a full day for those participating, the memo states.  LASA chief operating officer Dr Jerry Makokoane denied that the memo was to intimidate, saying they were simply engaging staff to detail the regulations around the intended action to ensure compliance with the relevant laws.  As part of a build-up to a full-blown strike, which could, if not averted, bring the justice system across the country to a halt, workers were due on Wednesday to hold demonstrations at the agency’s Braamfontein offices over various work issues, including safety concerns.  

  • Read the full original of Sipho Mabena’s report on the protest at The Citizen

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