Sun Int, Cosatu working on agreement

Resorts and hotels group Sun International said on Thursday that it is working closely with trade union Cosatu to avert industrial action at the Sun City Resort.

Operations at the resort where the Nedbank Golf Challenge begins today are functioning normally and services are at full capacity, the group said.

Cosatu will be addressing workers at gathering points outside the complex later today.

"We are working closely with Cosatu to reach agreement so we can move forward".

On Wednesday Sun International was granted an urgent interdict to prevent what it considers to be illegal strike action by staff of Sun City and its various service providers and concessionaires.

The strike has been set for Thursday December 3.

The company has been in negotiations with COSATU since 10 November and the talks have intensified over the past few days.

The objective of these discussions was to reach a mutually acceptable plan of action to avert the strike action that COSATU has called at Sun City on 3 December.

COSATU has demanded the dismissal of certain senior managers and an employee as well as the termination of the resort's two security service providers.

COSATU has also challenged the company on the use of casual labour at the resort.

"While significant headway was made, which included agreement on a thorough investigation of certain of the allegations by independent legal and human resource consultants, we were unable to reach a compromise position.

In particular COSATU was insistent that we terminate our current security contracts with the two service providers," Sun International said Wednesday.

Detailed contingency and security plans are in place, including the involvement of the SAPS and additional security backup, so as to ensure the safety and security of guests at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the company said.

Sun International management has acknowledged certain incidents at Sun City have occurred where individual employees have not been treated with the respect to which they are entitled. Strong action has been taken against those responsible, including disciplinary hearings resulting in several terminations and other sanctions.

"We have also taken strong action against Falcon Security in respect of the offensive music played by one of their employees at a recent family fun day.

Our initial investigations and the recent incidents and allegations indicate that some human resources practices at Sun City require improvement and interventions have already been initiated to address this," it said in Wednesday's statement.

Notwithstanding the breakdown in negotiations and the intended strike action, management will nonetheless progress a number of the planned remedial actions, it said.

Source: I-Net Bridge

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