Johannesburg - The Free Market Foundation (FMF) announced yesterday its decision to withdraw consent to allow Cosatu’s application to intervene in its legal challenge to collective bargaining.
“It is over seven months since we instituted action and none of the parties filed court papers timeously despite solemn commitments and three extensions,” FMF chairman Herman Mashaba said.
The FMF said that it did not know if the failure by Cosatu and other parties to file court papers was because they did not take the case seriously, deliberate subversion or incompetence.
The FMF, an independent, non-profit civic body, has launched a constitutional challenge in the North Gauteng High Court, to section 32 of the Labour Relations Act. This clause allows collective agreements on wages and employment conditions to be extended to employers not party to talks.
The FMF believed this was a significant factor in limiting job creation. Cosatu said it needed to consult its lawyers. - Sapa