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suncity thumb100 Timeslive reports that three shop stewards who were fired after going on strike over allegations of racism at the Gupta family’s controversial wedding at Sun City in 2013 have lost their appeal to get their jobs back.  

Sam Botlhale‚ Clifford Ramontle and Koki Khojane went to the Labour Court after their dismissal for going on an unprotected strike.  The three were among a group of workers from the SA Commercial‚ Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) who went on strike on 11 May 2013‚ despite being interdicted from doing so.  The strike came after the trio said they believed that Sun City had failed to deal with the alleged racist conduct at the Gupta wedding.  The trio pleaded before the Labour Court that, although the strike was unprotected‚ their dismissal was undeserved because the protest was in response to unjustified conduct by Sun City.  But in October last year the court upheld their dismissals.  The three workers then lodged an application for leave to appeal against the decision.  Noting that the applicants’ submissions were a repetition of the evidence and arguments at trial, the appeal judge indicated:  “The grounds for leave to appeal as set out by the applicants have no merit and I see no reason why the Labour Appeal Court should be burdened with this appeal.”

  • Read this report by Matthew Savides in full at Timeslive

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