Solidarity has several service offices across South Africa where members, in their own province, have a home where they are being represented.
In Gauteng, members are represented by, among others, the Boksburg Service Office. This means that members in Gauteng may come to our office for legal aid and other Solidarity services.
We would like to introduce the Boksburg Service Office to you and tell you why Solidarity is important to you.
Boksburg Service Office has several organisers who look after members’ interests. Organisers ensure that meetings of members are held where members’ problems are addressed, recognition agreements with employers are concluded and we ensure that members are well prepared when cases are referred to the bargaining council.
At our offices we have six organisers: Derek Mans, Gibbs du Toit, Amanda Hattingh, Jannem Goussard, Francois van Heerden and Lee Coetzee. These organisers are ready every day not only to walk the road with members but also to walk the road on their behalf.
If you have any legal issues, you will be assisted by one of our two litigants, Danie van Graan and Mariëtte Redelinghuys, who provide members with labour law advice and represent them at disciplinary hearings, dismissal meetings, the CCMA and bargaining councils.
The role of administration in our offices is just as important as that of our litigants and organisers. Our administrative team ensure that members get a friendly welcome and are assisted with their enquiries, that the office’s diaries are correlated, that all the legal matters are loaded onto the system and that the office moves ahead smoothly.
We have three staff members who look after our administration: Marlindie Booyens, who has been with Solidarity for 13 years, Veruchka Whitehead, one of the youngest members in the office, and Natasha van Heerden, who ensures that members are assisted and supported in times of distress as well as joy even after 12 years with Solidarity.
The last member of our team is Thinus Jacobs. Thinus is a fulltime representative of Eskom and has been part of the Solidarity Movement for 14 years, six of which as a Solidarity representative.
For Boksburg Service Office, Solidarity is important because of the following:
- Solidarity stands up for people who cannot stand up for themselves (Thinus Jacobs).
- Solidarity has its members’ interests at heart, and the difference we are making can be seen (Marlindie Booyens).
- There is no other body that renders a service similar to that of Solidarity; we are there for our members during every stage of their life (Derek Mans, Lee Coetzee)).
- Solidarity creates a platform where people can learn more about their work environment, in their home language (Veruchka Whitehead).
- Solidarity has a passion for people (Thinus Jacobs, Francois van Heerden).
- Solidarity is playing an increasingly important role in giving our members job security with a view to ensuring a prosperous future for their descendants (Danie van Graan)
- Solidarity’s work offers people an opportunity to be assisted in their time of distress (Francois van Heerden).
- Solidarity is a bastion of hope (Derek Mans).
- Solidarity is campaigning for the minority groups in the workplace and in doing so helps build a bright future for these groups in South Africa (Mariëtte Redelinghuys).
Now that you know us, we would like to get to know you. We are updating our data and would like to include and consider you in the process. To make it more attractive to you, you stand a chance of winning a break-away weekend for four persons at Kokoriba if you update your information and refer at least three other persons to Solidarity. Every three references are equal to one entry. The winner will be announced via a draw on 1 August 2019. Terms and conditions apply.
Come and share in the Solidarity security, become a member, get involved and change more than just your own future.