The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the NW is in possession of the detailed list of Cashbuild workers who have been dismissed for an alleged shortage of stock in three stores. At Mafikeng they dismissed 21 workers, Mmabatho 23 and Rustenburg 13 workers.
Cashbuild HR responded to our statement to say that yes they dismissed 33 workers in two stores they did not include the 23 workers at the other store and they agreed that all the workers were dismissed for shortage of stock.
We want to indicate to Cashbuild store that we will not be intimidated by their statement or their response. We remain with our position that none of the white managers have been dismissed for those shortages of stocks and the worst is that those managers who were implicated have been reinstated, in particular in the Boitekong store in Rustenburg.
We are also told that in all those stores there are cameras, and we want to know why the CCMA commissioner who was handling the case at Mafikeng refused to see the evidence on the video. It must be on record that only one store has gone to the CCMA and the matter still has to be taken to arbitration, as we are challenging the upholding of the dismissal by the commissioner.
It is on record that the company is not interested in investigating the matter but only on continuing to dismiss workers. In fact we are told that even before the hearing took place almost all those workers had been replaced. In Mafikeng we have workers who worked for 17-30 years but they are just dismissed as if they were employed yesterday.
We want to promise Cashbuild that we are going to fight this case. If it means we mobilize communities to boycott, we will do so.
We call on the directors of Cashbuild to reinstate all those workers and allow all those who have been dismissed to view the video footage, with their unions, so that they can be convinced that they are dismissed for something they know about.
We are also calling on the directors of the store to report the matter to the police with what evidence they have so that independent proper investigators can do the investigations.
We are aware that majority of workers in the store are not organized into unions and the management is taking aantage of that. They must know now that workers in all those store in the next two weeks will be joining COSATU unions and we will deal with their issues.
The exploitation of workers at Cashbuild, which has been the game of the day, is now over all workers must join the union and report all exploitation to the Department of Labour (DOL).
We are also calling on DOL inspectors to do unannounced inspections at all the Cashbuild stores.
COSATU calls all workers dismissed and those who are still employed to unite against any exploitation what happened to those workers in will happen to them. Intimidation and threats will not stop this federation from exposing any exploitation of workers.
We wrote a letter requesting an urgent meeting to be briefed and discussions, but the employer, is not responding.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions