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SolidaritySolidarity reports that it intends to file an urgent application against North-West University (NWU) in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Thursday regarding the institution’s alleged unfair conduct towards employees.  

According to the trade union, the NWU has effected unlawful changes to its members’ salary agreements in that on 24 July the university informed its employees by letter that they would be placed on a new “group life insurance scheme” from 1 August, thereby replacing the scheme set out in their original employment agreement.  The new scheme entails a higher premium and provides fewer benefits than the previous scheme.  According to the union, the decision was taken unilaterally and no proper consultation process was followed involving employees or their representatives.  Anton van der Bijl, head of labour law services at Solidarity, commented:  “The outcome of this is that employees suddenly are beneficiaries of a new life insurance scheme, but they now have to pay more for less cover.  This action by the NWU is nothing less than a violation of the rights of NWU employees.”  The higher premium of the new life insurance scheme is deducted directly from an employee’s salary and in the court documents, Solidarity will argue that such changes, introduced without an agreement between the employee and the employer, are unlawful.

  • Read Solidarity’s full press statement on this matter at Polity

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