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Tiger BrandsBL Premium reports that Tiger Brands said on Tuesday that operations at its Albany Bakery in Germiston had resumed following a wildcat strike that resulted in bread shortages across Johannesburg.

On Tuesday, the company indicated that the Labour Court had on Monday declared the strike unprotected and that employees had been called to return to work. The company, however, did not respond to questions about how many employees had participated in the strike, which unions they belonged to, what their grievances were and what action would be taken against them for embarking on the illegal action. “We remain committed to engaging employees and their recognised representative trade unions to find an amicable resolution to the matter,” Tiger Brands said. The strike began on Monday last week and on Friday striking workers reportedly attacked an Albany truck as it arrived to deliver bread at a Soweto shopping centre. When contacted for comment, Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) president Atwell Nazo said: I’m told that the strike was called by the EFF and that our members were made to join it at the 11th hour. We tried to engage with them [striking workers], but they were so violent, to such an extent that our officials had to run for their lives.” EFF national spokesperson Vuyani Pambo said he would respond later on Tuesday, but apparently failed to do so.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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