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SAFTU plans nationwide shutdown – 20 March 2023

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Kindly be informed that our offices have received notice advising that SAFTU will proceed with protest action commencing on the 20th day of March 2023 at 00h05am and ending on the 21st day of March 2023 at 07h00am. All provinces across the country and all major cities may experience protest action in support of SAFTU’s concerns over the socio-economic challenges affecting workers and the working class in general.

All procedural requirements have been met therefore the protest action has been approved by NEDLAC, and as such, is regarded as being protected in terms of the Labour Relations Act. Accordingly, employees who decide to participate in the protest will be protected by the statutory rules regarding protected strike action, and consequently may not be disciplined for participating. 

Members are reminded that the ‘no-work-no-pay’ principle shall apply 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 the unrest or due to them receiving threats or being intimidated.

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.

Any further information received regarding this matter will be circulated to all members. If you have any queries in this regard, please contact your local IR Specialist:  IR Contacts – Retail Motor Industry Organisation (