South Africa 4.7.2014 12:32 pm

Strikers ‘petrol bomb’ East Rand company (video)

A video  has surfaced showing a ‘petrol bomb’ being thrown into a Brakpan building on the East Rand by ‘Numsa strikers’. Find out more

Numsa has condemned “false accusations” that striking members have been involved in acts of intimidation and vandalism – despite a video that has surfaced showing a ‘petrol bomb’ being thrown into a building by ‘strikers’.

Numsa national spokesperson Castro Ngobese said the “unsubstantiated” accusations would not be taken lightly.

“They are just part of a cheap ploy by the employers to undermine the integrity of our struggle for a living wage and improved conditions of employment,” said Ngobese.

“No amount of false propaganda and slanderous accusations by the employers will undermine our strike. Our members remain firm and resolute on their demands for a living wage, as opposed to the colonial apartheid poverty wages that employers want to retain and reproduce in the industry.”

This as more reports of vandalism and assault by striking Numsa members, continue to emerge.

In Brakpan on the East Rand, striking workers believed to be affiliated to trade union allegedly petrol bombed a transformer at Vulcania Reinforcing, a company on Molecule Road.

Vulcania Reinforcing marketing manager Adam Greve told The Citizen that striking workers caused damage amounting to R20 000 after receiving a quote on the destruction caused.

Striking workers believed to be affiliated to trade union Numsa allegedly threw rocks at Vulcania Reinforcing in Brakpan on the East Rand. Picture Supplied

Striking workers believed to be affiliated to trade union Numsa allegedly threw rocks at Vulcania Reinforcing in Brakpan on the East Rand. Picture Supplied

“We managed to salvage the bombed transformer so we at least had electricity. Luckily the rebar and production manager attended to the fire in time to rescue it from any further damage,” said Greve.

“The members started with the sabotage process by throwing rocks through the office windows and the bakkie which was left in the parking lot. The panic in the office was heightened by the screams of ‘petrol bomb’. Immediately our attention was turned to ensuring the women were safe. We then disregarded the safety of our external environment.”

Greve added that the striking workers had completely disregarded the laws of peaceful striking by damaging property and attempting to burn their livelihood down.

“We have the right to work just as much as they have the right to strike,” he said.

Ngobese maintained that since the commencement of the strike, striking members had exercised high levels of discipline and maturity in line with the union’s disciplinary code of conduct.

Regardless of the video provided by Vulcania Reinforcing, Ngobese said: “No evidence has been provided to us to show that our members have acted outside the ambit of the law, or the picketing rules. In the absence of credible evidence, the union can’t invoke its disciplinary code which deals with acts outside the code of conduct.”

 

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