MTN granted interdict against striking workers

2015-06-13 09:08
MTN has apologised over call centre disruptions. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

MTN has apologised over call centre disruptions. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

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Johannesburg - Cellphone service provider MTN was on Friday granted an interdict by the Labour Court restraining striking employees and participants from coming within a 100 metre radius of any MTN premises for the duration of the strike.

MTN said in a statement that the strike by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) had been marred by violence and intimidation since it began last month.

"In a bid to safeguard the safety and well-being of its employees and to protect its facilities and infrastructure, MTN sought and was successful in obtaining an interdict barring striking employees from disrupting the company’s normal operations and intimidating employees that wanted to return to and have already returned to work," the company said.

Chief human resources officer Themba Nyathi said the company welcomed the ruling, as it gave credence to their conviction that violence and damage to property were not legitimate avenues for expressing dissatisfaction on labour matters.

"We hope that the CWU will abide by this second court ruling and will ensure that its members comply with the court ruling,” Nyathi said.

He reiterated MTN’s position on the impasse by stressing that an independent arbitrator should be appointed to adjudicate on the matter.

"A legally binding arbitration process [is] the only way that MTN and the CWU can end the current industrial action. The arbitration process will ensure that an independent party who does not have a vested interest in this matter can adjudicate on this matter in a fair and impartial manner."

MTN would abide by the findings of the arbitrator, and the Nyathi urged CWU to "stop being populist" and consider buying into such a process, as it was the most practical and fair manner of ending the stalemate.

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