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Generations cast fired after ignoring an ultimatum to return to work! Here's how to ensure your ultimatum is fair

by , 20 August 2014
Fans of the popular SABC 1 soapie Generations are up arms.

This after the soapie's production company, MMSV Productions, fired about 16 of their favourite stars for being on an illegal strike. On Monday, MMSV Productions gave the actors an ultimatum to return to work or face dismissal, but the actors were a no-show.

The cast members had been on a week-long strike demanding better pay, extended contracts and royalties from episodes that had been rebroadcast, eNCA reports.

Following the production company's move to dismiss, questions are being asked about whether or not this decision was fair.

To ensure there are no questions when you fire striking employees, do the following...



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Before your fire striking employees, make sure your ultimatum is fair
 

The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says, to effect a procedurally fair dismissal of striking employees, you must follow a fair procedure. This means you must issue a written ultimatum to employees to return to work or face dismissal.

To ensure your ultimatum is fair, make sure it's clear so your employees understand what you're saying: 'Return to work or face dismissal'. If necessary, translate it to a language your employees understand.

In addition to ensuring your ultimatum is reasonable, allow sufficient time for your employees to consider the ultimatum.

In other words, give your employees a chance to reflect and respond to the ultimatum.

There's one more thing you must do to ensure your ultimatum is fair.

 

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To ensure your ultimatum is fair, give your employees a hearing before you finally decide to dismiss
 

It's not enough to give your employees an ultimatum to return to work.
 
If they don't adhere to your ultimatum, you must give them a chance to state why they didn't respond before you dismiss them. If you hear them out, you may find there's a good reason why they haven't adhered to the ultimatum.
 
There you have it: If you want to fire striking employees, make sure your ultimatum is fair by following the above procedures.
 

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