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Satawu takes 2003 strike ruling to ConCourt

Satawu plans to argue that not every employee about to strike has to inform their employer beforehand.

Satawu plans to argue that not every employee about to strike has to inform their employer beforehand.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) will tell the Constitutional Court on Thursday that not every employee about to strike has to inform their employer beforehand.

The case stems from a 2003 strike in which workers who did not belong to a union joined a strike without giving notice.

This case has already been through the Labour Court, the Labour Appeals Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court ruled that Equity Aviation had the right to fire workers who went on strike, despite not being members of the union that had downed tools.

Satawu, however, claims that the ruling is wrong.

Equity Aviation said the Labour Relations Act allows the company to fire the workers because they were simply absent from work without giving any notice about going on strike.