Striking janitors dump faeces on N2

2013-05-21 09:27
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Cape Town - Striking janitors responsible for cleaning communal toilets were responsible for shutting down a section of the N2 highway in Cape Town on Monday, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, about 108 workers axed by sanitation service provider Sannicare blocked the freeway with burning tyres and dumped human faeces onto the road.

The company has the city's contract to clean the portable toilets in Gugulethu informal settlements.

Sannicare spokesperson Colin Priem told the newspaper the workers were dismissed when they went on an unprotected strike in November, but were later reinstated.

They reportedly went on another unprotected strike last month because they wanted to work a double shift, but were told this was illegal.

"We followed procedure and their contracts were terminated," Priem was quoted as saying.

Mayoral committee member for utilities Ernest Sonnenberg told The Cape Times the city could not get involved in conflict with Sannicare and its employees.

The protest on Monday shut down the N2 highway between Airport Approach road and Mitchells Plain for five hours.

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