numsaMoneyweb reports that unions warned on Wednesday that up to 700 jobs were on the line from the planned closure of popular inter-city bus service Greyhound.  

However, Irvin Jim of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) threatened to interdict Greyhound’s owners Unitrans Passenger to stop the closure, claiming the union had only been informed of the Section 189 retrenchment process on Tuesday.  Meantime, the Democratised Transport Logistics and Allied Workers’ Union (Detawu) said it would “do everything in its power” to oppose the shutdown.  Greyhound, which has been in business since 1984 and carried more than a million passengers annually before the Covid-19 economic fallout, confirmed on Wednesday that its operations would cease by Valentine’s Day.  Jim commented:  “Should Unitrans close, this would be a serious blow to workers and their families …. We cannot afford as a country to lose any more jobs, as this will simply worsen conditions for the working class and the poor.”  “Unitrans has from the onset undermined the transcripts of the Labour Relations Act that imposes a mandatory 60-day time period for consultation. Numsa is weighing its options and does not rule out the possibility of approaching the labour court to interdict the entire process,” Jim stated.  Detawu indicated that in response to the employer’s ‘hurried’ Section 189 notice, it had written to the company urging it to apply for CCMA facilitation. In the event the employer failed to do so, then Detawu would submit its own application.

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