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Correctional Services' AA policies challenged

The trade union may take Correctional Services back to court over issues around Employment Equity.

The trade union may take Correctional Services back to court over issues around Employment Equity. Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - Trade union Solidarity says it might have to take the Correctional Services Department back to court to address ongoing issues around Employment Equity.

The union says the department is in contempt of court for making, what it calls, unlawful appointments contravening a Labour Court ruling late last year.

The union had gone to court to challenge the department's approach to Affirmative Action policies.

Solidarity's Dirk Groenewald says the Correctional Services Department has made about 120 appointments this year without bringing their Affirmative Action policy in line with last year's Labour Court ruling.

The court ruled the department must consider both national and regional demographics to Western Cape Employment Equity requirements.

Groenewald says the department has jumped the gun by making appointments in seven other provinces.

"To date, they have not reviewed their Employment Equity plan and they have only filed proposals to the national commissioner and the minister, which still needs to be approved."

He says the department claims it is not in contempt of court because the appointments were not in the Western Cape.

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