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RMI Newsflash : COSATU plans “National day of action” strike on 6 July 2023




3 July 2023

Kindly be informed that our offices have received notice advising that COSATU will proceed with protest action commencing at 00h00am on the 6th day of July 2023 and ending at 23h59pm that same evening. All nine provinces across the country and all major cities may experience protest.
The forms of protest actions and action in contemplation of the strike will involve:

·        Protest in the form of marches and pickets on the 6th of July 2023.

·        2-hour pickets from 12h00pm to 14h00pm in the build up to the national march on the 6th of July 2023.

All procedural requirements have been met therefore the protest action has been approved by NEDLAC, and as such, is regarded as being protected in terms of the Labour Relations Act. Accordingly, employees who decide to participate in this protest action will be protected by the statutory rules and consequently may not be disciplined for participating. 
Members are reminded that the ‘no-work-no-pay’ principle shall apply during this period. Furthermore, this principle will apply in instances where members receive notification from their employees informing them that they are unable to report for duty on the day due to the unrest or due to them receiving threats or being intimidated.  The common law principle of supervening impossibility of performance is invoked and members are absolved of their obligation to remunerate such employees for that day since performance of their service has become temporarily impossible through no fault of the employer party concerned.
Lastly, kindly take note that the Federation stated in its Notice dated 5 June 2023, “it will assess the programme of action and decide on the way forward, its rights remain reserved to extend the programme of action should it be deemed necessary”.
Any further information received regarding this matter will be circulated to all members.
If you have any queries in this regard, please contact your local IR Specialist: IR Contacts – Retail Motor Industry Organisation (

Jeff Molefe
Director: Labour 



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