Strike vandalism condemned

Staff Writer | Aug 01, 2019
The government has criticised the vandalism and intimidation of the public by some among the South African Municipal Workers’ Union strikers in Tshwane.

Government ‘acknowledges the right of workers to strike but the conduct of some of the striking workers is unacceptable and undermines the rights of those who are not part of the strike’, said government spokesperson Phumla Williams.

She said the government noted ‘with concern’ reports of ‘vandalism to infrastructure and intimidation of the members of the public’.

Williams said in a statement: ‘Union leaders have a responsibility to educate their members about the need to restrain themselves during strikes and not to embark on illegal activities.

‘Government reiterates its condemnation of any form of violence and intimidation during strikes and will not tolerate lawlessness.’

She said South Africa was ‘a democratic country where concerns ought to be addressed within the framework of the law’, and that dialogue was needed between employers and employees ‘to ensure that disputes are resolved peacefully while promoting the right to freedom to protest’.

Williams said the government ‘calls on law enforcement agencies to act decisively to protect citizens and public property’.

 

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