DEMOCRATISED TRANSPORT LOGISTICS AND ALLIED WORKERS UNION (DETAWU) HAULS THE ROAD FREIGHT BARGAINING COUNCIL TO THE LABOUR COURT
DETAWU is taking the National Bargaining Council of Road Freight and Logistics industry (NBCRFLI) to the Labour Court to seek a declaratory order to rescind the Council's irrational decision to halt all conciliation and arbitration cases related to clause 67 (A) of the Industry Main Collective Agreement.
This comes after the union leadership has exhausted all means of engagement with the Council leadership through its Secretary Mr. Ndlovu.
The NBCRFLI executive has provided a flimsy explanation for halting conciliation and arbitration cases, claiming that it has no jurisdiction to do so. This is unacceptable to DETAWU and its Road Freight members, given that this has been historically one of the Council's main functions. Workers in the industry now have nowhere to go to have their disputes resolved.
It is deeply regrettable that an institution such as the Bargaining Council which ought to be advancing the interests of its members, chooses to position itself as the Road Freight workers' enemy.
It is completely unacceptable that the Bargaining Council is stubbornly and arrogantly ready to use the hard earned levies of workers to go to court and stand against the very same workers for whose interests and wellbeing it was established to protect and safeguard.
In representing workers’ rights, we will do whatever it takes to expose the Council’s bias towards employers who reverse the hard- earned workers gains through the backdoor.
In addition to the pending Court litigation against the Bargaining Council, DETAWU is considering other means to exert pressure on the Council to reverse its decision and to schedule all the pending cases without further delay.
Statement issued by the Union General secretary Vusi Ntshangase, 083 536 0547/011 338 9077/8.