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Saturday, September 26, 2020
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    Protest action at Albany Bakery

    The striking employees became violent, threatening on three occasions to stone customer vehicles who came to collect bread from the bakery.

    Several workers started protest actions at the Albany bakery in Secunda. They were demanding a large salary increase. The workers protested in front of the bakery. The workers alleged that they were sitting around when a vehicle arrived. They stood up and approached the vehicle when members of the security company and the SAPS opened fire with rubber bullets. One worker was hit in the face and he sustained a serious injury to his eye. The workers also claimed that he was beaten with rifles by the security personnel as he was lying on the ground. There were conflicting stories as to how he obtained the eye injury. A taxi was also hit during the shooting, losing its back window in the process. The Bulletin contacted Nevashnee Naicker, Corporate Communications Director, Tiger Brands and received the following statement: “Tiger Brands confirms that 92 workers belonging to the National Transport Movement (NTM) trade union embarked on a strike on Tuesday, ahead of wage negotiations at the Albany bakery in Secunda. The striking employees became violent, threatening on three occasions to stone customer vehicles who came to collect bread from the bakery. The Secunda SAPS have confirmed that they intervened with rubber bullets and stun grenades to prevent an escalation of threats and stoning of vehicles. One person sustained injuries as a result and is being treated in hospital.”
    The Bulletin reported on similar actions last year where one person was stabbed. It is unsure whether the strikes had an impact on bread supplies in Govan Mbeki Municipality.

    Protest action at Albany Bakery