Strike at Famous Brands turns unruly

Oct 28
Johannesburg – The strike over pay and working conditions at dining franchisor Famous Brands [JSE:FBR] in Midrand became unruly on Wednesday, Gauteng police said.

Warrant Officer Mmakgomo Semono said striking workers threw stones at delivery trucks and buses as they arrived to pick up staff at around 16:30.

He said police were called in to calm the crowd of about 200 and no one was injured.

“One guilty person is known. We will be making arrests soon.”

Members of the Metal and Electrical Workers Union of SA (Mewusa) went on strike on Monday.

Mewusa union spokesperson, Mametlwe Sebei, said he was informed about the incident by shopstewards on Wednesday night.

Union workers “have been maintaining a high level of discipline” during the strike and the “provocateurs” were former employees of the company.

He said the union condemned unnecessary use of violence.

“We believe that the disengagement of members from work and the solidarity campaign… including the consumer boycott… is enough to bring company to its knees…”

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