South African trade union Solidarity will continue with legal action against ArcelorMittal South Africa after the company refused to comply with Solidarity’s demands. According to Solidarity, the short time that had been introduced was meant to be temporary, and making it permanent constitutes a unilateral change of conditions of service, which is unfair and unlawful. Amsa also intends to reduce the salaries of certain employees by 8%, which will then be replaced by a performance bonus and annual leave another unilateral and unlawful change. Solidarity is currently preparing documents against ArcelorMittal and all possible avenues are being explored, including legal as well as industrial steps that can be taken against the company to stop the unfair and unjust way in which the company is treating its staff.
Solidarity demanded that the short time imposed on some of its members be abolished and that full salaries be reinstated for the employees. This came after Amsa introduced a 5% increase from 1 November 2020, with a further 2% in April 2021, for one category of workers, while the rest of the workers remained at 25% short time, with the prospect of a possible permanent 8% reduction in salary.