Planned national shutdown 20 March 2023

Planned National Shutdown 20 March 2023

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The EFF has called for a national shutdown across South Africa on the 20th of March 2023. SAFTU and their 24 trade union affiliates which span across numerous sectors will be joining the protest.

The aim of the protest is to bring light to socio-economic issues that are trampling the South African economy, including load shedding. They plan to shut down road networks, and the flow of services and goods. Taxi associations have also expressed their support, which will mean the largest part of South African public transport will be shut down on the 20th of March 2023. Consult our human resource consulting solutions in South Africa for more information about how your company should handle this effectively.

The protest has been approved by NEDLAC making it a protected protest. Workers have a right to participate in the protest, but the no-work-no-pay principle will apply. If you have questions, our human resource consulting solutions in South Africa can offer guidance.

Employers should plan for next week as the protest will turn the week into a three-day work week, with Tuesday being a public holiday. Furthermore, they should consider safety measures and do risk-assessment for possible looting and destructive behaviour by protesters. Finally, employers should consider granting employees approved leave if they cannot reach their workplace due to protests, or alternative work arrangements.

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