The Pretoria High Court has ordered union members in Johannesburg to stop intimidating those not taking part in the industrial action. This just a few days into the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) strike in the metal and engineering industries.
Employers at a North Riding-based company were threatened by Numsa members for not joining the strike. The company approached the court on an urgent basis and was granted an interim order. This came after about 100 workers dressed in Numsa t-shirts came to their premises and threatened to burn down their trucks if they continued working and did not join the strike.
The company said it had a turnover of R450 000 a day and risked losing that if the strikers continued threatening its workers.
The strike by the Numsa-affiliated employees in the metal and engineering industries demanded a 12 percent salary increase and the banning of labour brokers.
The company stated that its employees were only responsible for the loading and unloading of material on trucks and not processing the metal, so they would not join the strike.
The union’s lawyer Lawrence Nowosenetz, who opposed the application, argued that the matter should have been heard in the labour court and not the high court.
Judge Winston Msimeki gave an interim order that bars striking workers from going within 300 metres of Johannesburg Scaffolding premises and intimidating workers.
Seifsa chief executive officer Kaizer Nyatsumba stated his disappointment with the violent behaviour of some union members.
Reference: Pretoria News