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newsThe Citizen reports that Johannesburg-based staffing company Innovative Staffing Solutions has fired 300 drivers after they tested positive for marijuana (dagga).  

This comes less than two months after the Constitutional Court’s ruling permitting the private use of cannabis.  MD Arnoux Mare defended the action, saying the legalisation of dagga did not mean drivers who tested positive for the substance were not in violation of their work code and conduct.  While unions appeared to understand this, they questioned whether the company had followed proper procedure.  SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) spokesperson Zanele Sabela said 300 was a high number and raised questions about the manner in which the drivers had been tested.  He advised the 300 drivers to initiate unfair dismissal cases against Innovative Staffing Solutions.  Mare, however, was adamant that the firm’s decision was correct and that his company could not take the risk of incurring damage to people or personal and public property.  He said that all their drivers signed a contract specifying that they were not allowed to work while under the influence of alcohol and/or intoxicating drugs, whether on the premises of the employer or a client, or any premises where duties were performed.  The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) offered to represent the dismissed drivers.  “We will ensure that they are given a fair hearing,” said spokesperson Patrick Craven.

  • Read the full original of this report by Eric Naki at The Citizen

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