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COPEThe Citizen reports that after allegedly being unable to cope with financial difficulties and having to close down its Kempton Park headquarters and retrench staff last month, the Congress of the People (Cope) might be in more trouble.  

Former workers were scheduled to take the political party to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday for unfair dismissal.  One employee said she had received a termination letter on 29 October.  According to the source, the letter had expressed Cope’s intention to close down the head office from 1 November.  It apparently offered “vague” and inconsequential reasons as to why the party would not be able to pay them.  The source said:  “We were unfairly dismissed because we were working and getting paid and there were no problems until they just gave us that letter.  There was no communication before that and we did not get any notice.  At least if they had given us two months’ notice, it would have been better.”  She said four former workers would be taking the party to CCMA on Friday, while one would be taking it to the CCMA’s Limpopo offices next month.  The party’s spokesperson, Dennis Bloem, said he did not know about the legal activity scheduled for Friday, but knew there were three ex-employees taking the party to CCMA.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Chisom Jenniffer Okoye on page 6 of The Citizen of 29 November 2019

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