Protesters demand reinstatement of 250 fired colleagues at Sun City

2014-06-28 16:24

Hundreds of people working at the Sun City resort in the North West protested outside the resort’s premises, said Cosatu.

The trade union federation’s North West regional secretary Solly Phetoe said today the protesters were demanding the immediate reinstatement of between 200 and 250 of their colleagues, who were fired during the week.

“The protesters allege that management has placed video cameras in toilets and in the kitchens to monitor them,” said Phetoe.

Some workers were fired for allegedly spending too much time in the kitchen and rest rooms, while others were alleged to have been filmed stealing, Phetoe said.

He called on the resort’s management to provide proof of this by showing the material it had.

The workers have been on an unprotected strike since yesterday.

Sun International spokesperson Michael Farr denied the protesters were Sun City employees.

“They are employees of one of four of our service providers who have decided to take disciplinary action against them with respect to theft at Sun City.”

Farr said it was up to their employer to deal with the matter and Sun International and Sun City could not intervene as none of their staff were involved.

Phetoe said the protesters had damaged some vehicles and assaulted workers who had chosen to report for duty.

“We are here with police and they are trying to get management to talk to the people,” said Phetoe.

“They say if management doesn’t address them, they will sleep here,” he said.

“My presence here is to ensure that we do not see another Marikana,” said Phetoe.

He was referring to the events of August 16 2012, where 34 people, mostly striking mineworkers, were killed in a confrontation with police at Marikana.

“Rustenburg police are known for shooting,” said Phetoe.

Phetoe said around 3 000 people were part of the protest, but Farr said they were aware of around 100 protesters.

Police were keeping watch on the situation.

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