SAMWU Tells ‘Fired’ COJ Staffers ‘Don’t Panic’, Court Challenge Set

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The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has moved swiftly to allay fears that 129 City of Johannesburg (COJ) staffers will lose their jobs next month.

On Friday the Municipal Council resolved to rescind the conversion of fixed-term contracts to permanent employment.

The fixed-term contracts expire at the end of April.

The union said it was told by its lawyers that they had received termination letters of all affected employees.

Responding to the development, SAMWU – the largest union in local government in South Africa – said: “Our lawyers have advised that we should not panic as this matter is being challenged in a court of law”.

The union said the “termination letters” issued to affected staff have no legal standing because “the case is sub judice”.

On Friday, SAMWU’s lawyers approached the court on the matter.

“Our lawyers have filed at the Labour Court and we anticipate that this matter will be heard latest 14th April 2022,” said SAWMU.