Cosatu regional secretary Tony Ehrenreich has slammed parliament for using “outdated apartheid” tactics in an attempt to get control over striking parliamentary workers.
Ehrenreich was one of the many who were trying to get into the parliamentary precinct. Parliament was locked down after a standoff between riot police and protesters turned violent with stun grenades being used to quell an increasing wave of anger.
“It’s unacceptable that these hard handed tatctics are used against union members and employees of parliament… Clearly in any standoff there issues that come up from time to time,” he said referring to the protest which had turned violent.
Workers are striking over claims that management of the institution have failed to make on its promises over bonus and pension payouts.
Nehawu was expected to meet with the management of parliament after 5pm today.