sasolCity Press reports that Sasol Mining has still to decide whether to reinstate close to 1,000 workers dismissed in 2009 for engaging in a wildcat strike, or appeal the Labour Court’s decision.  

The court ordered Sasol to reinstate the workers because their dismissals in January 2009 were “substantively unfair”, even though they were “procedurally fair”.  The workers staged a two-day underground sit-in at the company’s Middelbult, Bosjesspruit, Brandspruit and Twistdraai mines in Mpumalanga on 22 and 23 January 2009 over a dispute inter alia about wage gaps and salary disparities among Sasol employees.  Judge Robert Lagrange ordered that Sasol should reinstate the workers with retrospective effect for a period of two years and issue them with a final warning for disobeying a lawful instruction; some workers should be reinstated with retrospective effect for a period of one year, and be issued with a written warning for participating in an unprotected strike action; and Sasol should pay workers seeking compensation for a period of 12 months and that it should also pay such money to the deceased estates of those who have since died.  “We will study the judgment [issued on September 19], which is voluminous, and then consider the options available to Sasol,” Sasol’s spokesperson, Alex Anderson, indicated.

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