Protesters gather at Sun City

2009-12-03 10:27

About 1?000 protesters were gathered outside the Sun City casino

resort this morning ahead of a planned march, a Congress of SA Trade Unions

(Cosatu) North West spokesperson said.


“We are proceeding with the march because we said we will only stop

if we have a solid agreement with Sun International,” said Madito wa ga

Molebalwa.


The march was expected to start at 10am.


Workers had threatened to disrupt the Nedbank Golf Challenge

starting today by blockading the main entrance to the resort and stopping any

use of scab labour (workers brought in to cover for strikers).


The trade union federation has demanded the dismissal of certain

senior managers and an employee as well as the termination of the resort’s two

security service providers.


Cosatu had also challenged the company on the use of casual labour

at the resort.


Police spokesman Superintendent Lesego Metsi said the march was

illegal because the group had not applied for permission.


“... we were told that Cosatu leaders would tell the people

gathered there that the strike is not going ahead.”


Police in the meantime were on scene monitoring


“They are ready for anything,” said Metsi.


Wa ga Molebalwa rejected the police comment saying the march was

legal.


“Over 1000 people have gathered here. This is not a strike, it’s a

march... and we are not going anywhere,” he said.


On Wednesday, Sun International said it had put contingency and

security plans in place to ensure the safety of guests.


The company said negotiations between itself and Cosatu had broken

down.


Sun International management acknowledged certain incidents at Sun

City had occurred where individual employees had not been treated with the

respect to which they were entitled.


“Strong action has been taken against those responsible, including

disciplinary hearings resulting in several terminations and other sanctions,” it

said in a statement yesterday.


Cosatu had complained that a Falcon Security staffer played a

racially offensive CD at a staff function and that 24/7 staffers strip searched

employees accused of theft.


“We have also taken strong action against Falcon Security in

respect of the offensive music played by one of their employees at a recent

family fun day,’ Sun International said.


Initial investigations and the recent incidents and allegations

indicated that some human resources practices at Sun City required improvement

and it had already taken steps to address this, the company said.

 

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