labourcourtsThe Star reports that Saftu’s municipal affiliated union, Demawusa, has accused the Department of Employment and Labour of sinister political motives after the union won interim relief against its deregistration on Tuesday.  

The union had approached the Labour Court for the suspension of its January deregistration by the Registrar of Labour Relations because it was still appealing against the move.  On Monday, the court suspended the decision to de-register the union with costs, pending the appeal.  Demawusa president Sello Selepe said the department saw the union as a soft target with the aim of ensuring that it was not able to recruit and represent municipal workers.  He also made the claim that immediately after deregistration a letter was sent out by the SA Local Government Association (Salga) indicating that municipalities must dissociate themselves from recognising Demawusa.  At the heart of the dispute is Demawusa’s failure to provide the registrar with the proof that it had conducted secret ballots with Johannesburg Metrobus workers before last year’s bus strike. In August last year, the union was interdicted from embarking on the bus strike, with the condition that it had to conduct a secret ballot of members if it wanted to go ahead with it. Demawusa went ahead with the strike on 16 September and insisted that it had conducted the ballots, but the registrar informed the union of the intention to de-register it if failed to provide proof of the ballots.


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