Solidarity wants AA debated in Parly

The union says it’s been backed by several political parties to hold a debate on affirmative action.

The union says it’s been backed by several political parties to hold a debate on affirmative action. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Trade union Solidarity claims it has the backing of several political parties to hold a debate in Parliament over affirmative action.

The union won an employment equity court case against the Department of Correctional Services last week in which the Cape Town Labour Court ruled the department's affirmative action policy was unfair and negatively affected coloured people in the Western Cape.

Solidarity's Dirk Hermann says they will soon petition Parliament to ask for a debate on the issue.

"We hope that we can have a kind of national Codesa on affirmative action. But it will start in Parliament. Hopefully in the beginning of next year we'll see a Parliamentary debate. All the opposition parties support our cause."

Meanwhile, the Correctional Services Department says last week's judgement won't have a bearing on previous staff appointments.