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suninternationalBusinessLive reports that the dismissal of three shop stewards who participated in an unprotected strike following the notorious Gupta wedding at Sun City in 2013 has been held to be substantively fair by the Labour Court.  

The three were among a group of employees from the SA Commercial‚ Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) who embarked on a strike on 11 May 2013‚ despite a Labour Court interdict preventing them from doing so.  The workers went on strike as they believed Sun City had failed to deal with the alleged racist conduct at the Gupta wedding‚ which took place at the resort between 30 April and 3 May.  The union claimed at a meeting with management that the Gupta family only wanted white drivers and waiters‚ and that a female employee of the spa concessionaire had been sexually harassed by a guest.  But, Saccawu did not submit relevant evidence as requested.  Despite a subsequent court order‚ Saccawu members picketed at Sun City on 11 May.  The employees’ subsequent case was that‚ although the strike was unprotected‚ it had been in response to unjustified conduct by Sun City.  The judge ruled that if employees deliberately acted in contempt of a court order‚ they should not expect sympathy or mercy from the court.

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