People pay hundreds of rands per month for short term insurance. That is in the event of an accident or if something should get stolen. You do not need it every day, and yet you have it because you cannot afford to be without it. Is your job not more important than a TV or a cellphone?
Many things occur daily in the workplace for which employees might suddenly need advice on labour law. Solidarity has the biggest labour law practice in South Africa, with three specialised divisions.
Solidarity strives to make South Africa’s places of work healthier and safer. Solidarity has a specialised division that assists employees injured on duty, or with an occupational disease, with the claims process at the Compensation Commissioner. This division investigates many cases where accidents actually occur in and at the workplace and makes suggestions to reduce safety risks. Solidarity’s General Litigation and Labour Court divisions handle as many as 2 500 cases at any given time on behalf of both individual and collective members. The most common queries and cases handled by the trade union are cases of unfair affirmative action and discrimination, disciplinary hearings, and cases of unfair dismissal, retrenchments, as well as providing labour law advice regarding basic conditions of employment.