Violence erupted between members of two rival unions at the Amplats mine in Rustenburg on Monday
That's why many Amplats workers downed tools in solidarity with their injured comrades on Tuesday morning, reports the Daily Maverick
Even though it was just a day, productivity was affected, with IOL reporting
that the rand weakened due to the stay away.
According to FSP Business
, one day's absence can cost you three days' salary, so you need to stop employees from staying away from work as much as possible.
What do you do if an employee often stays away or is absent without leave (AWOL)?
If your employee is frequently absent without leave, it provokes you into 'wanting to get rid of the absent employee permanently so as to replace him or her with someone who will not be absent so often and who can, therefore, be relied on to be at work,' says Ivan Israelstam in the LabourGuide
But the legislation is often vague and open to misinterpretation on employees who are frequently absent without leave.
That's why employers who fail to exercise caution in dealing with employees who disappear usually end up on the losing end at the CCMA.
That's why you need to cover your bases anytime an employee is absent without leave or authorisation, by sending him a letter stating that he must report for duty without delay.
He also needs to provide you with a reason for his absence when he returns to work, says the Labour Bulletin
But what if your employee simply disappears and doesn't get in touch with you again?
The Labour Bulletin
says you can send the employee a suspension notice via registered mail and request that he either report to work to make representations in respect of the suspension or do so in writing by a specific date.
If you have proof that your employee has already received several warnings for repeated absenteeism
, you can hold a disciplinary hearing in his absence and fire him, concludes Israelstam.
So remember to keep copies of any written warnings and all forms your employee submits as 'proof' of his reasons for being absent without leave in the past.