Employers be cautious when accepting union “offers”

The recent Labour Appeal Case of RP Logistix (Pty) Ltd v Transport and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (TAWUSA) and Others (JA48/14) [2016] ZALAC 7 (4 March 2016) highlights the risks involved when “snatching at an offer” from union officials. More particularly, where the employer and employee enter into a “voluntary retrenchment” process, it is vital that consensus is obtained to make the agreement binding on both parties.