By Reon Janse van Rensburg
According to Solidarity Chief Executive Dr Dirk Hermann, the biggest reshuffle in the South African workforce is lying ahead. Major companies that have been part of the South African economy for several decades and that provide thousands of jobs to South Africans are currently retrenching workers. The economic consequences of Covid-19 know no bounds and result in constant misery for companies and their employees.
This is the reason why Solidarity took on this task during these dark times and retrained its workforce to assist people during this major reshuffling of the workforce.
Solidarity is especially concerned about individual employees who are trapped in the crisis on their own and have no collective protection where a number of people can stand together against the power of the pandemic. The consequences of the pandemic affect every organisation, large and small, and even sole proprietors are affected.
Over the years, Solidarity achieved numerous successes on behalf of its members. Even in these difficult times caused by the government and the pandemic, Solidarity reached great milestones in fighting for members’ jobs and careers as well as helping to preserve a normal and independent society in which everyone can live freely, safely and prosperously.
“The individual employee can become entangled in the machinations of Covid-19 workplace restructuring. This is a horrible tragedy that Solidarity is envisaging. We want to assure you that Solidarity is there for you and that you should reach out to Solidarity today, because tomorrow may already be too late,” – Solidarity Chief Executive Dr Dirk Hermann
Employers must be made aware that interventions during a temporary crisis that could lead to permanent damage for the employee and the business should be avoided. Moratoriums on retrenchments can be negotiated in exchange for temporary changes in the conditions of service.
It is important that alternatives to retrenchments should constantly be proposed to employers, and that proposals be made to increase production and output.
Where applicable, Solidarity’s legal division, industries and/or communications division will put pressure on an employer where retrenchments are abused or take place inappropriately.
Political support will also be mobilised where pressure is to be exerted on a particular employer.
During this time, there will also be increased co-operation with other trade unions to protect members and their interests, and the retrenchment process will be handled in accordance with Solidarity’s Social Plan for retrenchments.
However, Solidarity members must be aware that a change in the conditions of service might be necessary to prevent retrenchments. Such a proposed change in the conditions of service is done with due consideration and will only be proposed if no other possibilities are applicable.
Solidarity is ready to assist its collective and individual members in the workplace in the event that retrenchments take place. Action will always be taken in such a way that job retention remains the highest priority and retrenchments will only be considered as a final option.
Solidarity also encourages its members to keep their monthly Solidarity membership up to date in order to retain the services offered by Solidarity. Solidarity also asks that if a member should have colleagues, friends or family members who do not enjoy the security provided by an organisation such as Solidarity, they should be advised to join Solidarity today.
Please visit the following link to join, or SMS the word MEMBER to 34802 (SMS cost R1) – https://solidariteit.co.za/1-minuut-aansluiting/