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newsGroundUp reports that general secretary of the Independent Commercial Hospitality and Allied Workers’ Union (Ichawu), Dale Fish, has been banned from all I&J workplace sites after a strike by employees of I&J Aquaculture Danger Point in Gansbaai.  

About 100 employees went on strike on 12 November, demanding a wage increase to have salaries brought in line with colleagues at I&J Woodstock.  A day after the strike began, I&J sent a letter to Ichawu saying Fish was “no longer welcome at any of the I&J workplaces” due to two “unlawful” gatherings outside the I&J Woodstock building and the I&J Danger Point building on 15 October and 5 November, respectively.  Fish, however, said that these were not illegal gatherings and it was just him “addressing workers” after they wanted to see him.  Fish also said that he didn’t understand why the company only banned him right after workers started to strike, instead of earlier when the gatherings took place.  Following Fish’s ban, I&J gave notice of a lockout which started on 16 October, preventing about 100 employees from entering the Danger Point workplace.  The notice read that the lockout would continue until striking employees agreed to a 5.5% increase, while the principle of ‘no work, no pay’ would apply for the duration of the lockout.  Workers are currently demanding an increase of at least a 9%.  According to the union, employees at Danger Point, who work with abalone, earn R28 an hour, while those at Woodstock, who work with fish, earn over R40 an hour.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Liezl Human at GroundUp

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