Case Law: “It’s not my job”

Employees should not be obstructive when asked to help in other areas of the business and should not adopt the position of: “it’s not my job”

The Labour Appeal Court found in the case of Motor Industry Staff Association & Another v Silverton Spraypainters & Panelbeaters (page 1440 ILJ June 2013), that an instruction to employees to assist in marketing the employer’s services during a downturn did not amount to a unilateral change to their terms and conditions of employment but was merely ancillary to their normal duties, and a reasonable variation of work practice in the interests of all.

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