strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that on Friday KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier Willies Mchunu warned that striking eThekwini Metro workers who illegally used municipal vehicles and caused damages would be held accountable.  

"In terms of protests, we are beginning to quantify what unions are liable for.  Our task is to ensure that they are held to account for any damage to property.  If the municipality has incurred costs as a result of this strike, it must be quantified, and the bill must go to them," Mchunu indicated during a media briefing on the strike.   He added:  "Any unprotected strike opens you up to civil claim.  We don't want a repeat of this thing.  People cannot just wake up and embark on an illegal strike. There are laws that they are well aware of."  According to Mchunu, authorities had made 31 arrests, with charges including attempted murder, public violence, road traffic infringements, illegal use of council vehicles and damage to business property.  Going forward, the municipality had begun tracking access to vehicles so protesters cannot use them.  A government intervention task team was apparently working on the ground to ensure stability.  The striking workers have claimed the municipality recently hired members of the MK Veterans on a higher wage scale and have called for their salaries to be upgraded to the same level.

Read too, Durbanites asked to keep their refuse off the streets amid ongoing protest, at TimesLIVE


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