Specialist manufacturer BASF is seeking a court interdict to stop protest action at its Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth after members of the National Union of Metal Workers of SA (Numsa) downed tools on Wednesday.
The South African subsidiary of the global manufacturer said yesterday it regarded the strike at its Mobile Emissions Catalyst Plant in Struanway as illegal.
The union, however, claims the strike is protected and legal.
About 70 Numsa members were still staging the strike over wage demands at the gates to the plant yesterday afternoon.
The workers’ demands are not linked to the current automotive industry wage negotiations, but to previous wage agreements.
Speaking at the plant yesterday, Numsa organiser Xolani Ntshibilili said its “peaceful protest action” was directed at compelling the company to pay workers back pay owed following the implementation of a wage increase earlier this year.
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