While the strike in the plastic sector continues, NUMSA has rejected allegations of criminal behaviour at the hands of its members.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has distanced itself from allegations of violence and destruction of property levelled by plastic sector employers against the union.
NUMSA members are accused of participating in acts of violence and vandalism, following the burning down Artefusion, a Plastics factory in Ladybrand in the Northern Cape. Members are also being blamed for vandalising property at at DPI Plastics.
“We want to state upfront that we reject any allegations of criminal behaviour. The fire at Artefusion occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning. Some of our members were held for questioning, but they were released soon thereafter because there was no evidence against them,” said NUMSA Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.
Hlubi-Majola further added that: “We reject attempt by the employers to blame us for violence and vandalism. We want to remind them that we operate in a legal framework where everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The allegations made by Employers are unfounded and not based on fact”
On Monday, 22 October 2018, the Labour Court ruled that NUMSA’s strike was legal and can resume.
The Plastic Converters of South Africa (PCSA) approached the courts last week, in a bid to block strike action from taking place and having the strike activity declared illegal.
Workers in the plastic sector downed tools last week, demanding a 15 percent wage increase across the board.