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numsaTimesLIVE reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) welcomed the judgment of the Johannesburg Labour Court handed down on Tuesday, which restrained SA Steel Mills from imposing any disciplinary sanctions against 162 workers.

Numsa said it was compelled to approach the court on an urgent basis to block the employer from abusing its power. “SA Steel Mills suspended 162 workers for what it claims is misconduct for participating in an ‘unlawful strike’. Our members went on a protected strike on April 16, and the court granted the company a temporary interdict to block the strike on April 19,” Numsa advised in a statement. The union said arguments on whether the interim order granted in favour of the employer on 19 April should be made permanent would be presented to court on Thursday. “The court has not made a final determination on the legality of the strike, therefore it is unfair for SA Steel Mills to discipline and attempt to dismiss workers over this when the courts have not pronounced on it,” the union pointed out. The union alleged the company, in internal proceedings, set up a sham disciplinary process and had already found the employees guilty and intended to dismiss them.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ernest Mabuza at TimesLIVE

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