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newsANA reports that plastics bottle manufacturing company, Mpact, said on Monday that its Wadeville Plastics Preform Plant in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, was damaged after several unidentified individuals entered the premises and damaged employees' cars and set some alight.  

General manager Kallie Albertse indicated that there had been no major injuries and no material damage to their production plant and equipment.  This came as thousands of workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) downed tools in October in the plastic sector, demanding a 15% salary hike.  But, Albertse observed:  "The motive of the incident is currently unclear.  Mpact Plastics division settled its wage dispute with Numsa on the 29th of November 2018 and all employees returned to work on the 3rd of December 2018."  The two-months-long strike in the plastic sector has been characterised by violence and damage to property.  A security guard was killed last week after he was doused with petrol and set alight at Makulu Plastics in Ekurhuleni, allegedly by striking workers.  Industrial areas affected by the violence and intimidation during the strike include Isando, Spartan, Jet Park, Sebenza and Wadeville.  In October, a factory in Ladybrand in the Free State was burned down by striking workers.

  • Read this report in full at IOL News
  • Read too, Cars torched as violent plastics strike continues, at TimesLive
  • And also, Employees' cars set alight at Germiston plastics factory as violent protests continue, at News24

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