Unions head back to court over Denel’s missed salary deadline

Unions head back to court over Denel’s missed salary deadline

Trade unions UASA and Solidarity have instituted legal action against state-owned weapons manufacturer Denel for a missed deadline to pay outstanding salaries. 

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Last week the Labour Court ordered Denel to pay May, June and July salaries. 

But the cash-strapped company missed it’s deadline.  

Now, both unions want to hold Denel for contempt of a court order. 

“The court action we are busy with is contempt of the court and that is what we will ask and after that we want execution of the existing court order,” says UASA’s Frik van Straten. 

“They did ask for an extension until Friday, but we decided to go ahead in any case. In the even that something happens by Friday, we will obviously withdraw our court action.” 


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Van Straten says he’s concerned about the well-being of its members. 

“We have had cries from all over the place, UASA has been handing our food packages, we have had suicide threats and one cannot explain what the hardships our members are being exposed to.” 

Solidarity’s Helgard Cronjé says the union has also instructed its lawyers to act. 

“Solidarity did not agree to any further postponements and we’ve already instructed our legal team to kick off the contempt of court processes. 

“Papers will in all likelihood be filed during this week already,” he adds. 

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