Strikers cause havoc

2014-07-04 00:00

THE nationwide Numsa strike has police busy in Pietermaritzburg monitoring the various industries where union members are striking and causing havoc.

Yesterday, workers from Ramsay Engineering burnt tyres on the road and sang struggle songs before police came to monitor the situation.

Workers said they were acting in solidarity with their national counterparts but were also concerned that their grievances with management had not been resolved.

“Why do they need private security when we have police guarding all of us?” asked employees.

They said they were worried about an Audi they had seen that was driven by people who were heavily armed.

Workers were also angry that managers were working while they were on strike.

Along Edendale Road, police had to be called in to monitor union members at Somta Tools because they were also burning tyres and threatening scab ­labourers.

“We do not want anybody working while we are on strike and those who do so will know what Numsa is made of,” said workers.

They parked their cars along Edendale Road, some drinking alcohol while others kept a close eye on the entrance to see who was going into the company.

They were carrying sticks.

Other Somta workers were reported to have gone home after striking workers had allegedly damaged a vehicle.

Other areas where there were similar strikes in Pietermaritzburg had been peaceful, with workers toyi-toying and singing struggle songs.

Attempts to get comment from the employers, unions and police were unsuccessful yesterday.

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