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LABOUR: Unions Kept At Bay

 



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THE Cape Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal that will, in effect, make trade unions responsible for damages and injuries caused in strikes and demonstrations which they organise.

This brings clarity to an important area of our labour relations and it should lead to more peaceful and orderly protests and pickets in the future,” said Mr Michael Bagraim, President of the Chamber.

He said there was an unfortunate history of violence and even deaths during recent strikes in South Africa. This history showed that violence and destruction were foreseeable consequences of strikes and marches.

There had been a great deal of blame-shifting and denials in the past but it was now clear that the organisers of protests would be held responsible and the injured and the owners of damaged property would be able to sue the organisers.

This does not diminish the right of workers or other protestors but it should mean that protests will be better organised in future,” Mr Bagraim said.

At the Job Summit earlier this week, he said that unions should be required to lodge deposits against possible damage before they were given permission to march through public streets or hold protest meetings in public places.

He predicted that this could well become a standard requirement before municipalities granted permission for marches or public demonstrations.



 
 
 
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