Leather stitcher Tofara Hove – who worked for Fijnbosch Manufacturing in Kuils River – has been awarded nearly R20 000 for unfair dismissal.

A Cape Times report says Fijnbosch plans to oppose the award to Hove, who approached the CCMA after he was dismissed along with four others in December.

According to Hove, he was not offered any payment or alternative to retrenchment.

At an arbitration hearing this month, Fijnbosch did not make submissions or representations, and the CMMA found proper process was not followed.

The Labour Relations Act provides for a specific procedure that must be followed in the event of a business wishing to retrench employees; this involves the disclosure of information followed by a consultation process. It is clear that no such process was followed in this case, and there was no opportunity for the applicant to make any representations whatsoever. On that ground the dismissal of the applicant was procedurally unfair,’ the CMMA found.

Full Cape Times report