School fails to stop strikers

2010-05-20 00:00

STRIKING Michaelhouse workers won a round yesterday when the Labour Court postponed to the month-end the institution’s urgent application to have the strike immediately stopped.

The strike, which started on May 14, has allegedly put in jeopardy the school’s hosting of the Paraguay World Cup team.

The Labour Court decided the school’s application was not urgent and that it could be heard on May 31.

Workers are demanding 13% against the offered nine percent.

Khaye Nkwanyana, regional secretary of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), said his union welcomes the court’s decision.

“The school had filed that workers who are not on strike are being intimidated,” Nkwanyana said.

He said the school also alleged that pupils, some of whom are from overseas countries, fear for their safety because it is the first time that they have seen striking workers.

He said the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration will intervene today in a bid to resolve the issue.

“Fifa’s Local Organising Committee has threatened to move the Paraguay team to the Harry Gwala Stadium if the strike does not end.

“As a result, the ANC also wants to intervene,” said Nkwanyana.

“This school accommodates international children and it charges a school fee of not less than R100 000 per pupil.

“It should be able to give us a better offer,” he added.

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