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strike thumb medium85 85Afro Voice reports that Luxor Paints claimed on Monday that any violence that had occurred at its premises had been initiated by striking employees.  

Company spokesperson Joan Strydom said strikers were a threat to life and property and to nonstriking workers.  A strike by General Industrial Workers Union of SA (Giwusa) members entered its tenth week on Monday, with workers alleging that the company had hired a security company that used extreme violence against them.  Strydom said:  “The violent conduct of the strikers formed the basis of an urgent Labour Court application to interdict the perpetrators of the violent and unlawful conduct.  The unfortunate incident of the person who was accidentally hit with a rubber bullet in the eye, resulted during extreme acts of violence by the striking workers.”  She added that some of the non-striking workers had been hospitalised as a result of the violence by protesters.  Strydom reported that about 111 employees had been dismissed, not for participating in the strike but for repeatedly committing violent and unlawful conduct and breaching the court interdict.  Joshua Hlungwani, a striking worker, said that the workers had suffered at the hands of the company and had lodged claims against Luxor.

  • Read this report by Hloni Mashigo in full on page 5 of Afro Voice of 8 May 2018

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