COSATU has slammed the firing of four FNB employees who were ostensibly fired for making, among other things, political comments and criticising DA leader Mmusi Maimane on email and Whatsapp.
The trade union federation has called for the bank to reinstate the employees, and has lashed out to employers who punish workers for partaking in dialogue that should be a part of the national discourse. The Sunday Independent reported on Sunday that the four went through for disciplinary hearing after having their communication intercepted by the bank.
“The Congress of South African Trade Union condemns the unfair dismissal of four young FNB employees for allegedly making negative comments about the DA leader Mmusi Maimane. The federation calls on the bank to reconsider their decision to dismiss and reinstate them as soon as possible,” said COSATU.
The federation further explained that it believed the topic of transformation in the banking sector is a legitimate concern and that employees should not be discriminated against for expressing their views on the matter.
“COSATU believes that the issues raised by the employees are legitimate and they should be a part of the national discourse. The issues of economic transformation, in the banking sector particularly, cannot be postponed indefinitely.”
COSATU also slammed the bank for being anti-ANC, and for demonstrating pro-opposition party politics.
“It is not a surprise for COSATU that FNB is so intolerant of differing views, especially anti DA views within their ranks. This after all is an organisation that was forced to apologise in 2013 for its campaign that featured a number of videos of children in school uniform reading their hopes for the country. This campaign was nothing but a deliberate attack on the ANC,” the federation said.