Retrenchment

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The word retrenchment is filled with uncertainty and can be extremely grim news for workers. Here's the forms you need should you become entrenched.


Retrenchments in South African law are regulated in terms of section 189 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (LRA).


Updated legislation makes it harder for employers to retrench employees. Employees now have the choice of going to court or of going on strike in order to challenge retrenchments, but the effect of a strike could further weaken the employer?s finances and necessitate further retrenchments. Ivan Israelstam explains the factors to consider.


Being retrenched is traumatic. Not only does one have to deal with the embarrassment and panic of losing one?s job but also with the harsh reality of a future loss of income, writes Debbie Brien. Through the experience of counselling retrenched individuals and research on the topic, it has become evident to me that there is a typical cycle that retrenched individuals move through. It is not a single event that just happens.


Are you doing enough to avoid retrenchments in your company? Or do you still see retrenchments as the only way to reduce costs? Some thoughts on alternative routes to cost reduction and achieving a more efficient organisation.


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