OR Tambo unfazed by ‘unaligned’ protesters

2010-06-30 08:54

A group of protesters had to be removed from the OR Tambo

International Airport building this morning, a spokesperson for Airports Company

South Africa (Acsa) said today.

Solomon Makgale said the group had issued a statement last week

threatening to strike, but an interdict granted to Acsa declared the strike

unprotected.

This morning they gathered at the terminal building, but were told

that the strike was illegal and that they had to move.

The group of 180 people regrouped away from the terminal building

and sang songs.

There had not been any clashes with police.

“It’s very orderly. It has had no impact whatsoever on normal

airport operations,” said Makgale.

A representative of the union was not available to comment, but

Makgale said he understood that it was a recently formed unaligned union made of

a group of people employed by the cleaning and retail services at the airport

who had been dismissed for various transgressions, including organising and

participating in illegal industrial action.


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