Robben Island ordered to reinstate workers

8 Robben Island employees fired for misconduct earlier this year will be reinstated.

Robben Island.

CAPE TOWN - The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Wednesday it is still to consult its legal team about the future of its three shop-stewards.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) upheld the sacking of the three and ordered that five others be reinstated by the Robben Island Museum.

They were fired in April after they were found guilty of misconduct by a disciplinary committee following a protest last year.

Workers went on strike disrupting operations at the popular tourist site, which lasted for about two months.

Over 100 staff members went on strike demanding a pay hike of R3,500 as well as some time off in December last year.

Police had to be called in when the striking workers disrupted operations at the museum by invading a ferry and protested in front of the CEO's office.

Nehawu's Luthando Nogcinisa said, "This has been a learning experience for both parties. We are looking forward to rebuilding the relationship with the employer. It has been a difficult period."

"The CCMA found that the three shop-stewards were present took place but did not give leadership to the members. The CMMA found that there were no grounds for the dismissal of the other five employees."