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SUN International has obtained an interim interdict prohibiting unlawful conduct by workers on strike at Cape Town's Grand West Casino.
The interdict, granted in the Labour Court yesterday, is to prevent intimidation and assault, Sun said. A wage dispute was declared on June 10 and on December 2.
Sun chief executive David Coutts-Trotter said the interdict was applied for following "disgraceful" behaviour by SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) members who, the company believed, breached the principles of peaceful picketing. They alleged that a staffer not taking part in the strike was assaulted.
Coutts-Trotter said that security footage showed that shop stewards were causing much of the unlawful conduct instead of attempting to prevent it.
"Saccawu not resolving the situation reported to them, despite assurances to the contrary, contributed significantly to the problem," said Coutts-Trotter.
"We call on Saccawu to get their leadership to act with restraint."
Coutts-Trotter said the union's strike notice demanded a 13percent increase across the board and an increase in the night shift allowance from R2,30 to R7 an hour.
"Given our financial results in the midst of a very serious recession, this is simply unaffordable," Coutts-Trotter said.
Saccawu could not be reached for comment yesterday. - Sapa