Chaos: Textile workers strike fear

2009-09-18 00:00

CHAOS broke out in Durban when a group of striking textile workers went on a rampage and intimidated non-striking workers yesterday.

Workers are demanding a 7,9% wage increase, however, employers have offered a five percent increase.

The wage increase was due to take effect on September 1, but negotiations have been delayed.

Armed with sticks and traditional weapons, a group of 40 workers entered the Ascot building in Umbilo and intimidated workers.

The group ran into the building and verbally threatened workers. The SAPS flying squad were called in to disperse the crowd.

A witness told The Witness that the protesters ran into offices threatening workers with vulgar language and wooden sticks. “It was scary. They were quite noisy and were armed with large sticks. We called the police who got rid of them,” she said, adding that it was unfair to threaten non-striking workers.

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