MANWU, Nambob still at loggerheads over retrenchments

MANWU, Nambob still at loggerheads over retrenchments

The Metal and Allied Workers Union (MANWU) says that it will invoke Section 34 of the Labour Act, should it not reach an amicable agreement with Nambob by Friday.
The section states that an employee cannot be dismissed, whether notice is given or not, without a lawful, valid and fair reason and without following a fair procedure.
Nambob will this Friday lay off 10 of its permanently employed staff.
The funeral services company's office manager Abi Smit informed NBC News in an email that the company has not been spared by the global economic downturn.
She says that as a result of this 10 employees will lose their employment this Friday.
Employees who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity, however, question why the company hired three new employees in managerial positions while claiming lack of funds. Smit did not provide an answer to this question.
Last week the managing director Pieter De Klerk informed NBC News that the company had made the new appointments confident that the three managers would turn the company around into a profit making business.
MANWU branch organiser Martha Shifengula says the union is still enagaing the company's management regarding the workers' demands.
"There is nothing much I can share with you while the negotiations are still ongoing, however, I can confidently inform you that MANWU is willing to negotiate in good faith and that will be our intention until we finalise this process.
The current status is that we are waiting for the feedback from the company following the submission of workers proposals that was made in our last meeting, held between the union, the shopstewards and the company, through its representative," she concluded.
Nambob employs about 26 staff at its head office, of which 10 are affected of the imminent retrenchment.