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Military coup ousts Egyptian President Morsi - is this unfair dismissal on a grand scale?

by , 04 July 2013
News channels are overflowing with news of the Egyptian military forcibly removing president Mohammed Morsi from his post. They blame Morsi for being power-crazy, discriminating against the public and failing to solve the country's money problems. Many are calling foul on the military's tactics because the president's 2011 election was democratic. Read on and discover the 9 circumstances that automatically constitute dismissal as unfair so you can avoid hassles in your business...

The Morsi story is still hot off the presses.

According to an opinion poll published on AhramOnline, '73% of Egyptians believe[d] President Morsi did not make a single good decision during his first year in office, while 63% believe their standard of living has worsened.'

And while we don't know if the military's tactics were justified or if there' a giant case of 'unfair dismissal', what's clear is that it's Morsi's poor performance as Egyptian president that's behind this move.

In fact, poor performance is one of the leading reasons why employees get dismissed from their jobs.

And if you do it unfairly, it can get you into trouble with the CCMA.

That's why it pays to stay informed and understand what unfair dismissal means, and if it can apply to you.

What makes dismissal automatically unfair?

Labour Law for Managers states that if you fire someone (for one of these nine reasons, it's automatically unfair:
  1. Joining a union
  2. Participating in a strike
  3. Falling pregnant
  4. Refusing to do striking employee's work
  5. Victimising the employee (i.e. ordering them to do something unlawful and then firing them for refusing to do it.)
  6. Unfair discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
  7. Refusing to sign new terms and conditions of employment that the employee hasn't been consulted on
  8. Disclosing any information that is listed in the Protected Disclosure Act
  9. Transferring the company to a new owner who doesn't want to employ the employees

Of course, there are endless interpretations of what constitutes unfair dismissal. There are even exceptions and shades of grey in the nine reasons for automatically unfair dismissal, so it's a good idea to keep up to date with the latest changes in labour law to ensure you're not making mistakes when it comes to dismissing employee unfairly. 

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