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fawuCape Times reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), representing hundreds of Blue Ribbon Bread workers in Salt River, Cape Town, has distanced itself from the torching of a vehicle, stabbing of a company promoter and injuring of schoolchildren.  

This came after Premier Foods blamed its striking workers for using violent intimidation tactics after its promoter was stabbed while delivering free bread to a school.  Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola said they did not condone violence from anyone.  “We will, as we have done over the last 65 days of the strike, encourage our members to be non-violent even under extreme provocation by the private security enlisted by Premier Foods,” he indicated.  But, the company’s spokesperson, Siobhan O’Sullivan, said:  “The 60-day strike has been marked by violence and intimidation of employees, traders and consumers.  In some areas, the intimidation has escalated into violence, damage of property and personal injury.  Numerous incidents of intimidation of traders, consumers and even schoolchildren have been seen.”  More than 600 workers at the firm have been on strike since 28 November, demanding a wage increase.

  • Read Okuhle Hlati’s report on this story in full at Cape Times


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