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Nationwide protest action planned for Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023 regarding socio-economic interests of workers and the working class

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The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has called upon all workers to support a protest action in defence and promotion of socio-economic interests of workers and working class in general by engaging in various forms of protest action, including marches and pickets. In terms of its notice, the planned protest will commence on the 29th of November at 00:05 am and will end at 23:59 pm on the 29th of November 2023. All nine provinces across the country and all major cities may experience protest action.

Members are advised that NEDLAC is satisfied that all procedural requirements have been met, and therefore the planned protest is protected in terms of the Labour Relations Act. Consequently, employees who decide to participate in the protest will be protected by the statutory rules regarding protected protest action, and therefore may not be disciplined or dismissed purely for participating. In instances where employees of an employer misconduct themselves, such employers are invited to contact the RMI’s IR Specialists for advice and counsel on how to manage such an occurence. Contact details fort he IR Specialists appear below.

Members are reminded that the ‘no-work-no-pay’ principle applies during this period. Furthermore, this principle will apply in instances where members receive notification from their employees informing them that they are unable to report for duty on the day due to unrest or due to them receiving threats or being intimidated. In this instance, the common law principle of supervening impossibility of performance is invoked and members are absolved of their obligation to remunerate such employees for that day since performance of their service has become temporarily impossible through no fault of the employer party concerned. If you have any queries in this regard, please contact your local IR Specialist: IR Contacts – Retail Motor Industry Organisation (