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strike thumb medium85 85Sowetan reports that over 200 workers from a maize milling company in Delareyville, North West, are now jobless after a three-week strike for better pay.  

The workers lost their jobs after they defied an interdict the Labour Court had granted Botselo Mills, instructing the striking workers to return to work on 26 March or face dismissal.  Apart from better pay, the workers had demanded several other benefits, such as travelling allowance, medical aid, sleep-out allowance and annual bonuses.  The current rate for general workers is R2,000, which they wanted increased to R7,000.  The workers also wanted the company to pay truck drivers R30,000, more than a 400% increase on the current rate of R7,000 per month.  Last week Tuesday, violence erupted after the strikers refused to move away from the company’s main gate.  Police were called to monitor the situation but ended up firing rubber bullets at the striking workers.  Ihe ensuing chaos led to two trucks belonging to Botselo Mills being set alight by the strikers, while some of the workers were injured.  

The workers are all members of the National Transport Movement (NTM), which is demanding their reinstatement.

  • Read this report by Boitumelo Tshehle in full on page 11 of Sowetan of 5 April 2016


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