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THE second round of a battle between workers allegedly retrenched by raffle at a labour broking company is scheduled to resume at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) today.
More than 20 workers employed by Workforce Group to do work in Soweto for Johannesburg Water, the city's water and sanitation agency, have vowed to fight their unfair dismissal to the end.
Their representative, Napoleon Makhubedu, said yesterday that they would be going to the CCMA for arbitration after initial attempts to resolve the matter through mediation failed.
"We were retrenched unfairly. The employer did not follow provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. It is unheard of that workers' futures were decided through a raffle," Makhubedu said.
The employer allegedly organised a raffle in which they had small pieces of paper - written yes or no - folded and put in a bowl. Each employee then picked a paper. Those who picked "yes" kept their jobs while those who picked "no" were retrenched.
Makhubedu said workers who refused to take part were told they had "voluntarily dismissed themselves".
Workforce spokes-person Rian Ferreira said they were bracing themselves for a showdown at the CCMA.
Ferreira would not comment further, saying the matter was sub judice. Johannesburg Water also declined to comment, citing the same reason.