UASA Media Release: 2 December 2021
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
UASA is disappointed that State-Owned Enterprise Denel has once again failed to comply with a Labour Court order which was ruled for 4 August 2020 complying the enterprise to honour all outstanding contractual obligations they have on UASA members.
At a hearing held in the Labour Court today, Denel could only show that despite the lapse of almost 16 months since the court order was issued, the entity only managed to comply with half of its obligations.
UASA brought a contempt of court application in which Denel was ordered to report on its progress with regards to complying and honouring the outstanding contractual obligations towards UASA members who are employed by the entity by 23 July 2021 of which the Labour Court postponed the court case to 2 December 2021 to afford Denel a further opportunity to fully comply with the order of 4 August 2020.
During the hearing, UASA was disgruntled by Denel’s request to postpone the case to August 2022 to allow the company time to comply with the court order of which UASA did not agree to and argued in court. UASA argued that such a postponement would have allowed Denel two years to comply which is a long time since Denel’s inability to honour the court case has been affecting UASA members. After hearing UASA’s legal arguments Judge Reghana Tulk ruled that the matter be postponed to 16 March 2022.
UASA Divisional Manager, Gerhard Ueckermann raised his deep concern towards Denel’s inability to comply with the court order stating his worry that despite the continued judicial oversight of the Labour Court Denel is failing to prioritize the implementation of the court order.
“UASA members who are employed by the entity have been suffering for the past 16 months without getting paid full salaries. This has resulted in a huge negative impact on the livelihoods of their families including financial responsibilities. It was and is still a very emotional journey which has left other members on a brink of suicide.”
Judge Reghana Tulk further ruled that the cost of the postponement of the court case is to be paid by Denel. Denel is also required to file an affidavit to the court setting out how it complied to implement the Court Order.
UASA is the only union that has continued to fight for the rights of our members and the only union which was present in court. UASA will continue to represent our members in this process and will ensure that Denel complies in full with the court order.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .