Casino resort moves on race row claims - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

One Official who participated in racist activities and harassment at Sun City will be dismissed and two others face criminal charges, according to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Cosatu and the resort yesterday.

Cosatus North West secretary, Solly Phetoe, said that the document was signed at a midday meeting between Sun International management and union representatives.

"The MOU also says that a full investigation would be carried out on the security company, and that Cosatu would embark on legal action against them," Phetoe said.

The trade union federation had complained that a Falcon Security staffer played a racially offensive CD at a staff function and that 24-7 Security staffers strip-searched employees accused of theft.

On Wednesday, Sun International management acknowledged that some Sun City staff had not been treated with the respect to which they were entitled and said strong action would be taken against those responsible.

Yesterday morning, about 1 000 protesters converged outside the resort demanding the dismissal of certain senior managers, an employee and the termination of services of the resorts two security firms.

The picketers said they would not leave until a deal had been reached. It was also agreed at the meeting that no disciplinary steps would be taken against those who participated in yesterdays picket.

Sun City said operations at the casino resort continued as normal throughout the day. Yesterday was the first day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge being held at the resort.

The company had obtained an interdict preventing protests at the main gate, which resulted in workers picketing on roads leading to the resort.

The interdict also prohibited violence and the disruption of traffic flow both inside and outside the resort.

Meanwhile, the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) planned to embark on a nationwide strike against Sun International following a wage dispute, it emerged yesterday.

"Saccawu furnished the requisite 48 hours notice to embark upon industrial action countrywide at Sun International properties, in relation to the wage dispute declared on June 10 2009," said spokeswoman Enid Vickers.

In response, Sun International notified Saccawu of its intention to enforce a lock-out of bargaining unit members.

Contingency plans were in place at all Sun International properties to ensure that its hotels and casinos would continue to operate fully throughout the strike action, according to Vickers.

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