Our expert says:
Re: Retrenchment & Addendum to Contract of Employment
The addendum to the contract of employment can be legal as long as the company has consulted prior to the amendment. It has become common practice not to allow people to accumulate leave and for the 13th cheque to be made discretionary.
With regard to retrenchment the company must issue a notice in terms of Section 189(3). Obviously if there are voluntary retrenchments then this is a completely different exercise. If the voluntary retrenchment exercise is still open you can apply for same.
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