The Labour appeal court handed down a judgement last week in the Matusa appeal against the payment of an agency fee.
As we all know all non IMATU and Samwu members are compelled to pay the monthly agency fee to the SALGBC over and above the normal union fees should they belong to another union.
Matusa held the view that their members are not compelled to pay the agency fee and referred the matter to the labour court. The Labour Court found against Matusa, with costs and confirmed the obligation to pay agency fees. Matusa appealed the matter. IMATU opposed the appeal and the labour appeal Court confirmed the labour court judgement, again with cost against Matusa.
The effect of the Labour Appeal court judgement basically confirms that all Matusa and or Demawusa members are compelled to pay the agency fee over and above the union fees. Employers are also compelled to deduct these fees from all such non-members of IMATU and Samwu and pay same to the SALGBC.
Kindly ensure that all members are informed of this victory and monitor compliance should employees still opt to join these minority unions.