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Kruger Park lockout condemned

2012-04-04 14:45

Johannesburg - Trade union Nehawu condemned the Kruger National Park's lockout procedure on Wednesday.

National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union national chairperson Mike Shingange said the decision to lockout striking workers was a contravention of the Labour Relations Act.

"Nehawu condemns the reckless and shoddy treatment of striking workers by the management of the Kruger National Park [KNP]."

Workers were still on strike at the KNP over pay disparities and other labour issues. The strike started on 3 February.

Shingange called on KNP management to reopen negotiations in order to resolve the issues.

He said it was unacceptable that the workers could be allowed to go on an indefinite strike in modern South Africa without any intervention from the employer.

"The employer has so far failed to prove to the workers that there is a will and a plan to resolve the strike on their side."

SA National Parks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said less than 90 workers were still on strike in the northern part of the park on Wednesday.

"The park is fully operational and the lockout procedure is still implemented."

He said most of the workers were back at work.

Striking workers were not allowed at KNP facilities until they had resumed their duties, he said.

Comments
  • RSole - 2012-04-04 15:11

    Should fire the lot. The park seems able to run well enough without them.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-04 15:14

    I dont understand? They must be allowed in so they can harass paying visitors and run a mock? Don't get me wrong, I sympathize with the workers, it's a hard life in south Africa, but the hardship is mostly due to over-taxing and lack or service delivery and compensation from the government, not the employer.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-04 15:20

    Since when has the government or any of its departments ever respected the law........any law??

  • Arthur - 2012-04-04 15:26

    Suuuure Mike. Let them in so they can vandalize, break stuff, steal and probably hurt animals.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-04-04 15:44

      the lions will eat them!

      Spook - 2012-04-05 08:00

      @Randomhero6661 No I do not think the lions will eat them. The risk is higher that they will eat the lions.

  • Nosiphom - 2012-04-04 15:32

    According to Shingane the employer must be the one bending over backwards and beg people who do not want to work to come to work because the employer should not allow an indefinite strike? Did the employer ask these people to strike in the first place or they made that decision themselves?

  • Kala - 2012-04-04 15:58

    I know of no striking worker that has been allowed to strike on the premises in which they are employed. If you strike you stay away from work.

  • Andre - 2012-04-04 16:26

    I think mr Shingange needs to go read up on the Labour Relations Act. The employer have the same right to lockout employees, as employees have a right to strike. Once there are a mutual-interest dispute that the CCMA (or bargaining council if there is one with jurisdiction) cannot resolve, then the employees can strike, or the employer can lock them out. Of course both actions have strict procedures, rules, and regulations.

  • Irene - 2012-04-04 18:27

    Well done KNP for locking them out. Now get them entirely off the property so they can look for other work. Voetsak!

  • Carry - 2012-04-05 06:28

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - GET RID OF THEM. THE STRIKERS AND CRIMINALS SEEM TO BE THE ONLY ONES WITH RIGHTS IN SA AT THE MOMENT. THE ONLY RIGHTS THE TAX PAYER IN THIS COUNTRY HAS, IS TO SUPPLY THE BOTTOMLESS PIT KNOWN AS THE anc WITH A CONTINUOUS STREAM OF FUNDS TO MISMANAGE.

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