National and provincial government departments have shown a "hostile" contempt for labour courts and arbitration bodies in the past four years as a quarter of all arbitration awards issued against them were not complied with. This is according to a new report by the Public Service Commission into non-compliance by departments to awards where they were found to have treated employees unfairly. Public Service Commissioner (PSC) Moira Marais-Martin said during a briefing in Pretoria on Thursday that while the scale of non-implementation was "not huge" there was an increase in costs because of litigation in terms of compensation for successful applicants. Marais-Martin said that despite the fact that employees had the right to challenge unfair labour practices and pursue recourse through the Labour Court and other arbitration, government departments often displayed "an unhealthy level of hostility" towards aggrieved employees. The PSC report said that government departments incurred arb...

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