Solidarity welcomes AA ruling

The trade union says there are certain issues that it still wants to address.

Christopher February has accused Correctional Services of discriminating against him because of his race. Picture: Malungelo Booi.

CAPE TOWN - Trade union Solidarity on Friday said it is not 100 percent happy with the case it won against the Department of Correctional Services.

The Cape Town Labour Court earlier ruled the department's Affirmative Action (AA) plan is unfair and should take both national and regional demographics into account during staffing processes.

Solidarity represented 10 officials from the department who were passed over for promotion because of their race.

The officials argued the department's AA policy was negatively affecting Coloured people, who hold the majority in the Western Cape, but not nationally.

Solidarity's Dirk Hermann said, "We've won [on] a very important principle, but there are certain issues that we still want to address. We believe that the whole plan of the Department of Correctional Services is invalid."

Department spokesperson Simphiwe Xako says they will study Friday's ruling.

"We are happy that this process has come to a conclusion. We are going to study the report."