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FordThe Citizen reports that the Labour Court (LC) in Johannesburg has ruled in favour of Ford South Africa (Ford SA), forcing striking workers affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to go back to work.

Numsa downed tools at Ford SA on Thursday (4 July) following failed negotiation talks on bonuses. Ford SA approached the LC on an urgent basis to interdict the strike by Numsa members on Thursday. The court delivered its order on Friday, the second day of the strike at Ford SA in Pretoria, and ordered the workers to halt the strike and return to work. Numsa’s Vivani Shezi said it would be impossible for workers to return to work immediately, as the court order was granted after the strike had commenced. He indicated: “We comply with the law, if the court has ordered we return to work, so be it”. Shezi added that the employer understood and agreed that workers could return to work on Monday. The parties will return to court on 28 August 2024. Numsa’s legal team has apparently been instructed that if the outcome of the case does not favour them, the court’s order will be appealed. Shezi also indicated that they would continue to talk to Ford. Last Wednesday, Numsa’s Irvin Jim said they decided to take it to the streets because Ford had gone mum on whether employees would receive bonuses or not. Numsa and Ford’s management met at the CCMA on 11 June 2024 to discuss a way forward, however, no agreement was reached. The organisation then decided to issue a strike notice to the company.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tshehla Cornelius Koteli at The Citizen
  • Read too, Court interdicts Numsa strike at Ford over bonuses, at Na'ilah Ebrahim at Fin24

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