Union digs deep to bail members

2010-08-26 00:00

AS the public sector strike continues, National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said it is digging deeper into its pocket to bail out striking members arrested for violating the government’s court interdict.

Nehawu’s secretary in the Harry Gwala region (Pietermaritzburg), Khaye Nkwanyana, said that on Monday his union paid R4 000 — for four members who had been arrested on Monday — at the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court.

He said the accused have been charged with being within 50 metres from their employer’s premises or intimidating their non-striking colleagues.

He said the strikers are forced to violate the interdict, which the high court in Pietermaritzburg issued on Saturday. “First you find that the government institutions are very close to each other, and when strikers are trying to keep 50 metres away from their workplaces they find themselves within 50 metres to other government buildings,” Nkwanyana said.

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