Sasbo and Cosatu were found to have failed to comply with the provision of section 77(1) of the Labour Relations Act, which governs protests to promote and defend the socio-economic rights of workers. hence the court ruled in favour of Business Unity SA (BUSA) after it had applied for an interdict against a country-wide banking strike which was set to take place on Friday.
“Any person who takes part in the intended protest action does not enjoy the protections afforded by s67 of the LRA,”
“Cosatu and Sasbo are hereby interdicted and restrained from preceding with, encouraging or enticing employees to engage in the intended protest action, unless or until such time they have complied with s77 of the LRA.” said Judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker .
The judgment was a surprise to Cosatu and Sasbao as they are pushing the strike saying it has just been suspended because they say we are convinced we did all we were supposed to have done.
“[The protest action] is not canceled, it is suspended. We are not going to sit down as Sasbo and Cosatu to watch our workers exploited by capitalism,” Kokela said.
Cosatu deputy general secretary is saying they are not planning to demobilize its members following the judgment because of our grievances on the economic crisis in the country.
“We are going to mobilize our members against the exploitation, against the continuation of retrenchments in the bank sector but also in the manufacturing, in the mining, and in the agricultural sectors.
We will ask our legal team to get the reasons [for the judgment], and immediately they must appeal,” said Solly Phetoe.