Mobile phone operator Cell C says it will seek an interdict in the labour court to ground the planned strike by the workers affiliated to the Information Communication and Technology Union (ICTU).
The strike action by ICTU which is expected to start on Monday is over a dispute between Cell C and the union regarding the non-payment of 2017/18 outstanding performance bonuses.
For more read: Cell C Workers To Embark On A Full-Blown Strike
Cell C did not respond to queries on the matter.
But in an internal memo on its notice board, the company said: “Cell C has launched an urgent application in the labour court in which it seeks a court order that declares the strike action occurring on Monday, 29 April 2019, as unlawful and further interdict the union from any unlawful conduct.”
Furthermore, according to the notice of motion and founding affidavit sent to ICTU, Cell C reiterate its plans to seek an interdict tomorrow at 10 am.
The company will be seeking a court order interdicting ICTU and its member’s participation in an unprotected strike action and related potential unlawful conduct, and engaging in acts of hate speech, racism and issuing threats to the safety of management and non-striking employees.
Furthermore, Cell C wants the court to rule that “the respondents (ICTU and 1108 Cell C workers) are interdicted from communicating defamatory or threatening messages relating to the applicant (Cell C) and/or its employees in any print media and/or any electronic messaging, chat groups or social media platforms.”
We are being treated like criminals yet we want what’s best for our beloved company.
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— Les (@Sebetoane3) April 25, 2019
#CellCkwenzenjani If you really thought suspending us was gonna keep us silent think again. 1299 workers suspended. We still standing
— Mbalee (@Mbalee65663290) April 24, 2019
The company through its attorney’s Petersen, Hertog and Associates wants the court to prevent ICTU and its members from interfering with entry into or exit from any Cell C premises.
Commenting on the development on Sunday, ICTU Deputy President Origenous Mogoatlhe said:
“This is what you get from advocates that are paid millions. They draft court papers and advice the company to harass employees by sending such unregistered misleading and intimidating court papers”.
The union represents close to 1,300 members at Cell C. – firstname.lastname@example.org