Striking MTN workers allege violations
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – STRIKING MTN workers have accused the management of gross intimidation and threats rendering some grieved workers not to participate in the industrial action.
The workers said they want new salary scale reviewed in line with inflation.
Communication Workers Union (CWU) Acting General Secretary, Thabo Mogalane, accused MTN of violating the rights of striking workers amid the industrial action continuing with no sign of easing.
The union registered its concern at the manner in which the company is handling the strike action.
Officials said this was a protected action in terms of the Labour Relations Act.
“The management of MTN is clearly in violation of the agreement on rules that apply to picketing related to a strike as per section 69 of the LRA. In terms of this agreement, no party is allowed to intimidate or swear at another during strike action,” Mogalane, said.
“However, MTN has gone out of its way to blatantly intimidate striking workers in order for them not to participate in the action. Since the beginning of the strike, managers at MTN have issued letters to workers not to participate in the strike failing and threatening to discipline them for taking part in what is by all means a protected strike.”
It is alleged during a protest, police threw stun grenades and teargas at picketing CWU members injuring one worker who had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.
Workers and MTN are deadlocked on the issue of bonuses.
– CAJ News
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