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ArcelorMittal SA says it did not permit delivering of memo by Numsa after violent strikes

VANDERBIJLPARK - ArcelorMittal South Africa says it did not permit a march by the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) to deliver a memorandum at the company’s offices in Vanderbijlpark today, 24 May 2022. Amsa spokesperson, Tammy Didiza, said in a statement this is because the strike action initiated by NUMSA has been marred by numerous acts of violence and intimidation of non-striking employees, despite the strike and picketing rules agreed between the company and the union. Didiza said the company has indicated its concerns to NUMSA regarding the breach of these rules as well as the unlawful conduct of its members but to date, there have been no real or tangible efforts by the union to stop these acts. She said these unlawful acts include the shooting of an employee, who is currently recovering in hospital, multiple cases of assault or attempted assault of non-striking employees as well as intimidation of employees and their families in the workplace – enroute to work and at their homes. It also includes multiple instances of stoning and attempted damage to employees’ and contractors’ vehicles, and road blockades and other disruptions intended to prevent access to company premises. Didiza said cases have been opened with the SAPS for investigation and arrests have already been made in some cases.

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