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Robben Island unionists suspended

2011-12-01 10:14

Cape Town - Union shop stewards at the Robben Island Museum (RIM) were suspended from work on Wednesday pending a probe into their role in a 16-day strike that reduced the museum's services by half.

The Cape Times newspaper reported on Thursday that the eight suspensions followed final warnings served on 37 other National Health, Education and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) members who took part in a wage strike on October 26.

The strike by about 100 of the museum's 220 workers included pickets at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. On November 5, police were called after some strikers occupied a RIM ferry.

"Nehawu will refer the matter to the CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) first thing on Thursday and ask it to be treated as urgent on the grounds that the suspensions are an unfair labour practice. Our shop stewards were part of a protected strike," Nehawu provincial secretary Luthando Nogcinisa said.

RIM chief executive Sibongiseni Mkhize said the suspensions on full pay had to do with "misconduct" during the strike.

Nehawu had demanded a R3 500 pay increase and a shutdown of the museum between December 24 and January 2. But management stuck to a six percent offer which was implemented at the end of October.

Comments
  • Missionman - 2011-12-01 10:43

    Strikes - just make forward going sustainability difficult and burden an already over burdened economy. This just leads to a loss of income for the strikers who are brain washed into taking part.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-01 11:15

    They should all have been fired. There are plenty of people out there desperate for work.

  • John - 2011-12-01 11:19

    good, plenty people looking for work

  • Bokfan - 2011-12-01 11:54

    They will not be missed.

  • Nzungu - 2011-12-01 12:55

    these unions are just killing all potential investments in the country

  • Ally - 2011-12-01 13:49

    Sue them and their union for damage to the economy and image of the Western Cape. It costs our economy money and they should be made to foot the bill.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-01 14:35

    I love the comments from sheeple who honestly believe their employers have their best interests at heart and the business owners who can't tolerate the prospect of diminished profit levels. The right to strike is a legal and important part of our society, the idea that people should work for minimum wage and accept low standards in the name of the country or for loyalty simply highlights how far democracy has moved from its true meaning to the current communist dictatorship it really has become. Bottom line if you are not happy strike until the matter is resolved or find another job, only through the common man enforcing his right to a fair days wage for a fair days work will we ever be able to root out and close down profit orientated companies and organisations. If the man on the street stops selling his soul for a minimum wage we will build a society based on fair practice and if we don't we will continue on the road to self imposed slavery.

      Maai - 2011-12-01 15:46

      Go study economics dimwit. Do not use the word "profit" until you understand how it is generated. If a worker is unhappy he always has the right to resign.

  • Warwick - 2011-12-01 15:14

    If you dont like your job then resign you bunch of unemployable idiots.

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