Justice was served after the city of Tshwane was ordered to reappoint and compensate more than 200 former capacity workers who were unlawfully fired in 2020.
The workers on capacity contracts were laid off in 2020 when their contracts expired and the city refused to reinstate the workers. Over the past year, workers have taken part in several marches to hand over memorandums with demands including reinstatement to their previous positions and compensation for the loss of income.
Capacity workers leader Cedric Cele said they couldn’t wait to sign up for their shift. Last Friday the workers, who have usually joined Cele in the protests for the past year, met him in Church Square where he told them the good news of the Bargaining Council – which not only decided in favor of the workers, but ordered the city. to hire them again.
“Yoh, yoh, yoh… they were so excited, it was like a revelation to them, you should have seen it,” he said.
“It’s a day they won’t forget in their lives. They have looked forward to this, they have struggled and now justice has been served,” he added.
Cele said he was relieved when the city ordered the city to reinstate the workers and pay them back for 11 months.
“That’s the outcome. It goes back to what I’ve been saying all along, the city lied to us. We had a lawsuit, all we had, we were waiting for arbitration.”
Cele said the contracts had been unlawfully terminated.
“The nature of the work they did was permanent, not temporary,” he said.
Most of the laid-off workers were still unemployed and struggling to recover financially. Fridah Maile said he was delighted with the result and would return to work.
“I’m happy. I want to thank everyone for their efforts and for us to get back to work,” she said.
Tshwane city spokesman Selby Bokaba had not commented at the time of going to press.