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Sun Boardwalk applies to cut staff as bingo terminals, weak economy bite into revenue

The SACCAWU’s Reaction and objection to the Herald and Weekend Post Coverage of Sun Boardwalk Intended Staff Cut/Retrenchment of Nearly Third Quarter of the Current Workforce in a Rather Desperate Move to Channel Revenue from Wage-Bill into Infrastructural Expansion.

BASIS OF OBJECTION: We are concern of the publication of this intention which is attributed to Chief Operation Officer of Emfuleni operating under the Sun-International Group of companies putting at risk livelihood of 652 with intended reduction with about 252 headcount. Even the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber expressed concern about the possible effects of  job  losses. Attributing lost or reduction in revenue by ±9% to the wage-bill cost-centre is somewhat mischievous and far from the truth of the real intentions of the company and it is worrisome to say the least.

That being said and coupled with what the Union had since establish as real reason, there’s real determination to undermine every effort to steer clear of staff reduction intention in favour of business venture infrastructure development.

OBSESSION WITH VIOLATION OF RULES: It is with regret that we observed for a very long time as the Union series of instances wherein Sun International worm-out off determined Gaming Boards conditions an act which is detrimental to job security of employees, the last being the Fish River few kilometres away from Boardwalk. Here again, the extent of desperation demonstrated by Sun-International Group of companies, which is even undermining outcomes of objective and independent regulator (Eastern Cape Gaming Board) which was communicated to the Union on the 27th August 2018, that found in terms of Point 2.2. Which categorically said that; “the application for the reduction of headcount as requested in original company’s application is rejected”. For, the earmarked retrenchment of 252 would add on to the already retrenched 125 employees of Fish River within very short space of time we are already talking nearly 377 reduction of headcount from this Group of companies.

IGNORANCE IN LAW: Despite all that; extraordinarily the company sporadically and contrary to the spirit and intent of the law as conceived by the legislature through LRA 66 of 1995, as amended, with respect to administration of Section 189, or 189(A) read with Section 187(1) further read with 193(3) as Amended, contradict the basis of the presentation that they (Sun International) absurdly done on the 13th December 2018, which we cannot even classify to have any legal status or meaningful consultation as per the Constitutional Court latest decided cases in favour of Unions including SACCAWU are, but, clear demonstration of fairness on matters of this nature.

COMERCIAL REASONING: Foremost advanced reason for the company to reduce staff, is to fabricate liquid cash flow for business expansion in the form erecting of a enormous shopping complex as a new business venture. This is seen as reaction to the perceived lost of revenue due to smaller operators who are in recent times obtained licences in CASINO space. This approach is problematic to the core, for there many development fund schemes which investors like Sun International are deemed as deserving beneficiaries, instead of harming the cordial working relationship with Union Members and their organisations. More importantly, efforts of the State Eastern Cape Government included are more focused in decent job-creation, and the country’s developmental agenda as opposed to retrenchments.

ACTION POINT: The Union, membership, COSATU and Civil Society at large forthwith are in broader consultation to expose employers like Sun International, who are undermining the objective and outcomes of the recently held National Job Summit and in defence of Constitutional Democratic State principle. These consultations with Mass Democratic Movements must culminate into actions, but, not limited to industrial actions, picketing, and peaceful demonstrations in defence of Developmental Agenda of South Africa.

Issued by:


Mike Sikani

Cell 082 336 8296   Email: education@saccawu.org.za Skype: Mike.Sikani



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Deputy General Secretary:    Mduduzi Mbongwe

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General Secretary: Bones Skulu

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Loyiso Thomas

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Ivan Molefe

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