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Black Friday is one of the busiest days on the retail calendar in South Africa and around the world. However, in 2022 it also marked the first day of a 48-hour strike at one of the country’s biggest retail chains.

 


Think you can resign to avoid being dismissed? You'd be wrong. Employees are taking to resignation as a way of avoiding the sting of being dismissed, but as Nicol Myburgh, Head: CRS Technologies HCM Business Unit, points out, this is not an approach that's going to work.

 


South Africa’s labour legislation was largely conceived by our country’s trade unions. As a result the statutes heavily protect employees and, in particular, protects the jobs of workers.


It is estimated that 18 000 retail workers from Massmart owned stores have begun an indefinite strike.


On the final Friday of November every year, consumers rush to shopping centres to take advantage of Black Friday sales.


Since October 5 there, It is estimated that the steel and metal industry has lost more than R500 million in revenue. This as workers in the industry have been striking around the country for an 8% increase.


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is calling for a national strike on Thursday, October 7th 2021. They are calling on their workers to join their marchers or to stay away from work.


The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) has said it will be going ahead with a plan for a nationwide strike which will continue until all their demands are met.

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