The lawyer representing 130 City of Johannesburg employees whose contracts end at the end of next month says the notices given to them contain several procedural flaws.
Mojalefa Motalane was informing the media in Johannesburg of the workers’ intention to take legal action against the city.
Last month, Joburg city council decided to reverse a decision by the previous city committee of the African National Congress (ANC)-led administration to convert workers’ fixed-term contracts to permanent ones.
The multi-party government in Johannesburg has described the process as irregular and illegal. It indicates that the workers’ contracts have been regularized and will run their course, ending at the end of April 2022.
Motalane says the notices given to workers have several shortcomings.
“The City’s notice has a number of flaws, including failing to seek representations and/or objections before the cancellation decision was made. It is the case of our customers that the notice is faulty as the city seeks to act as if there is another process that can be followed to protect the rights and interests of our customers when a council resolution has effectively been issued,” says Motalane.
VIDEO: Briefing by lawyers for 120 employees of the city of Joburg who are about to lose their jobs