The Face of the Strike
Dear NEASA member,
NEASA constantly receives reports from our members of violent incidents at their place of work. The overall picture that emerges is one of escalating violence and intimidation against business owners and those employees who want to work.
A common occurrence is that of strikers throwing stones and bricks at cars. One extremely violent case was recorded when an employee went to his office to collect something and minutes later he was intimidated by a group of about 60 strikers, demanding that he leaves the area.
When he drove away, the strikers threw stones at him, one of which broke the window of his bakkie and hit him on the head. He raced away, critically injured, and was treated in hospital for a cracked skull.
Again we urge our members to continue logging the strike developments at their places of work on our website. NEASA members are able to log on with your website login details.
NEASA Media Team
It is about time that employers stood together to bring pressure to bear on Government to deal with intimidation during strikes. Unions must be held accountable for the behaviour of their members during strikes. The right to strike does not include the right to beat up people or to damage property.
– Bruno Bruniquel
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