When is cash "goods", when is it "money" — and why does it matter? From at least 1998, SA companies involved in transporting notes and coins have disputed the meaning of these words. The issue mattered to them and their employees because a conclusive definition would end the argument about which bargaining council the companies belonged under: the road freight and logistics industry, or the security industry. Since 1971, companies with cash-in-transit (CIT) operations have slotted under the road freight council, with CIT operators recognised as a distinct subsection. More than 70 CIT operators are registered with the council, employing at least 4,000 people as at 2015. Now, via an appeal by SBV Services, the labour appeal court has decided the issue of where CIT operators belong. Delivered at the beginning of the month, the appeal court’s decision is intriguing — not least because the three judges gave no explanation for the fact that the judgment was delivered well over a year afte...

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