Union threatens to shut down Durban July with unrelated protest

The Academic and Professional Staff Association (APSA) have threatened to disrupt the Durban July horse racing event which is set to happen this weekend at Greyville, due to a deadlock regarding the retrenchment of around 500 workers by Phumelela Gaming and Leisure.

The trade union accused the company of failing to provide information regarding missing provident fund benefits for the staff who are being retrenched.

As Phumelela are the organisers of the Durban July the union said that they will use the event to ensure that if the employees are set to lose their work and salaries then the employer must lose equally. Their intention is to prevent the Durban July from taking place.

Around 500 Phumelela staff, across the board, are expected to be retrenched as the company claim to be in a financial crisis.

The union has warned those parties who have invested in the Vodacom Durban July by betting, buying stalls, marques, entertainment or who have booked hotels and tickets that they could lose their money.

Phumelela is however confident that an amicable solution can be reached with the trade union.

The company regrets the job losses but due to the state of the South African economy they had no choice by to undertake the Section 189A retrenchment process which was facilitated by the CCMA.

According to The Citizen, Gold Circle Racing and Gaming, who are the licensed operators of horse racing in KwaZulu-Natal, have said the Durban July will go ahead as planned on Saturday as they are not affected by Phumelela’s restructuring.