Today Kitty and I attended a labour law workshop in Mitchell’s Plain. The workshop centered on employment law and the complexities surrounding South African legislation on terms of dismissal and dispute, based on the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and Labour Relations Act. Interesting to hear was discussion of real cases on the complexities of employee dismissal cases and the procedures for judgment of rightful/wrongful employment termination. The workshop was much of a general discussion of the legislature guiding employment dispute, but it is interesting in the context of the Scalabrini Centre to consider the implications of the fairness theme written into the Labour Relations Act in regards to dismissals, considering refugee employment issues. Understanding the complexities of labour law seems to be an interesting and highly relevant task for us here at Scalabrini Centre, creating awareness that could be helpful through the process of gaining employment as well as knowing the parameters of dismissal, and procedures of employer/employee interaction.
-Hannah Jackson, Scalabrini Centre Research Intern