Sporadic violence by PMB Numsa strikers

2014-07-05 00:00

THE Numsa nationwide strike was relatively quiet in most industries in Pietermaritzburg yesterday with ­members being monitored by police.

However, Numsa members at Somta Tools were rowdy and picketed outside the company’s premises along Moses Mabhida (Edendale) Road. Workers there waved placards and some members were carrying sticks.

“We are not going to tolerate scab labour because those who are working will also benefit from the ongoing ­salary negotiations,” said the striking workers.

Some had been drinking and had an argument with police who were there with four police vehicles monitoring the situation.

The striking workers did not want police to protect those who were working while they were on strike.

“We are going to catch [you] by the [taxi] rank,” they screamed at workers who were being transported out of the premises.

One police officer was at pains trying to reason with the striking workers to act within the law as failure to do so would lead them to do their jobs as police officers of the law.

He told them that he was there to protect everyone.

Numsa’s regional shopsteward Mmeli Duma said, “Somta Tools management is currently discussing the contents of the strike and we are waiting for their response. Since the strike started on Tuesday, nothing has been handed to us officially.”

When Weekend Witness contacted Somta Tools for a comment, one of the managers said, “We are not commenting on anything and please don’t call again. Thank you.”

• The Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban is not expected to be affected by the strike as many engineering firms and suppliers had known about the strike and stocked up on ­materials ahead of the strike.

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