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numsaBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has turned the tables on employers in the strike-hit plastics sector, claiming they were responsible for “psychological violence” inflicted on workers.  

Last week, employers in the sector blamed the union for incidents of violence, destruction to property and other damages incurred at firms in Ekurhuleni, where workers have been striking over wages for the past eight weeks.  Plastics Converters Association of SA CEO Johan Pieterse said last week that the strike was no longer about wages and conditions of work.  “We have settled the demands for wages and conditions of work; what we are not willing to settle for is to not pursue disciplinary action or charges for destruction of property and assault,” he indicated.  The association said it was determined to file a damages claim against Numsa because there was evidence that placed the union’s members at factories where petrol bombs were used to damage property and assault workers.  The association will also proceed with contempt of court charges following Numsa’s failure to adhere to a court interdict against the use of violence and intimidation.  But on Tuesday Numsa blamed employers for the prolonged strike, saying:  “By prolonging the strike from October 15 to date, the bosses have mercilessly guaranteed that our members starve over this period, as workers pay every day, for any time they are on strike.”

  • Read Theto Mahlakoana’s full report in this regard at BusinessLive

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