Strike at Bay college: union calls in big guns

Fiery Attack: The petrol bomb thrown at Mthetheli Twala's KwaNobuhle home
Fiery Attack: The petrol bomb thrown at Mthetheli Twala’s KwaNobuhle home

EASTCAPE Midlands College’s striking workers are bringing in the big guns in a last-ditch attempt to put an end to the six-week strike that has turned ugly, with the homes of non-striking staff damaged.

The national office of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union is hoping to meet ECM management tomorrow to try to iron out their long-standing differences.

If nothing comes of it, the union is threatening a province-wide strike that could see the Eastern Cape’s eight FET colleges brought to a complete standstill.

This comes as widespread violence and intimidation have been reported in what was initially touted as a peaceful strike.

Non-striking staff say they are being targeted, with eight incidents reported to police, including a vehicle being torched and a house partially burnt.

Nehawu national spokesman Sizwe Pamla said they were sending a delegation from the union’s head office to speak to college management.

-Zandile Mbabela and Yoliswa Sobuwa

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