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Labour Court validates firefighting collective agreement<p>The City of Cape Town received notification from the Labour Court on Tuesday, 3 March 2020, in respect of a matter relating to the current collective agreement with firefighters in its employ.</p><p>In short, the court ruled that the 24-hour shift agreement and standby allowance afforded to firefighters is valid and binding until such time as a new collective agreement has been concluded by all parties involved.</p><p>The court also ruled that the conduct of those who refused to work in accordance with the 24-hour shift roster constitutes an unprotected strike.</p><p><strong>The full judgment is available here: </strong><a href="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Fire%20Services%20Judgement%20.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/Fire%20Services%20Judgement%20.pdf</strong></a><strong> </strong></p><p>‘The City welcomes the judgment and hopes that it will put an end to the uncertainty that the South African Municipal Workers Union has tried to create over the past few months. Their threats to withhold their labour had a negative impact on the ability of the Fire and Rescue Service to deliver on its mandate, and put our residents at risk unnecessarily,’ said the City’s Executive Director for Safety and Security, Richard Bosman.</p><p>There have been efforts in recent years to review the current collective agreement, but SAMWU rejected the offer of a 35% standby allowance presented during arbitration.</p><p>‘The judgment is quite clear in respect of SAMWU’s actions on this matter until now, and we hope that the union will accept the feedback and return to the negotiations around a new collective agreement. They are the ones who have stalled the process, because what has been tabled to date is not to their liking. SAMWU has also engaged in a process of misinformation in a bid to seek support and sympathy for its cause, but the court judgment has set the record straight and I encourage the public to familiarise themselves with it so that they may have the true facts at hand,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-03-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#f58faf55-8582-420e-ac46-eeb2f05bc6e6;L0|#0f58faf55-8582-420e-ac46-eeb2f05bc6e6|firefighter;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#8c741be2-76a7-40a9-bf9f-24ac61a9f51c;L0|#08c741be2-76a7-40a9-bf9f-24ac61a9f51c|deployment of man power1

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