Johannesburg -

The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has approached the CCMA over the dismissal of more than 1000 workers by Gold One International.

“Over the years we have found that often problems are better solved around the negotiating table than on the streets or in courtrooms,” Fedusa general secretary Dennis George said on Wednesday.

“This process is on a voluntary basis and not binding to any party, but has real potential to provide a smart solution to the problem.”

More than 1000 members of the Professional Transport and Allied Workers Union were dismissed by Gold One International on June 11

after they embarked on a strike.

However, the Labour Court ruled the strike was protected, which meant the dismissals were substantively and procedurally unfair.

Fedusa said it had sent an official request to Gold One to consider allowing the CCMA to guide the process towards optimal resolution.

“We hope that the CEO will see the potential benefit of this alternative dispute resolution mechanism,” George said.

Efforts to get comment from Gold One International were unsuccessful. - Sapa