Parliamentary strike turns ugly

By Drum Digital
12 November 2015

Parliament workers’ strike turned ugly when police fired hand grenades and teargas to Nehawu affiliated members who defied orders to move from the parliamentary precinct.

By Thembisile Makgalemele   

Police dragged some of the striking staff from parliament.

The strikers who downed tools last Friday disrupted portfolio committee meetings and brought government offices to a standstill.

They are demanding better pay, pension funds, an end to outsourcing of services at the legislature and vetting of staff downed tools on Friday, last week.

On Tuesday parliament tried to get on with business when it took recourse to an interdict dating back to 2010 to prevent striking staff from disrupting the work.

But Wednesday morning workers budged into meetings, sang and danced, forcing members of portfolio committees to stop proceedings.

“You are currently causing a disruption to the proceedings of the business of parliament. I request of you to take your colleagues outside the business of parliament,” a police appealed to Nehawu leaders on a loud speaker.

But this fell on deaf ears.

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